- The United States is sending another $450 million in military aid to Ukraine, including four High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS).
- The European Union’s 27 nations have unanimously approved Ukraine’s and Moldova’s applications to become candidate countries for membership to the bloc.
- President Volodymyr Zelenskyy says EU’s decision is one of the most important for Ukraine since it gained independence.
- Ukraine says it will move quickly and take the necessary steps for accession talks to begin.
- Germany says it could sustain itself throughout an average winter without Russian gas for two and a half months if its storage tanks were full.
Here are the latest updates:
24 mins ago (00:54 GMT)
EBRD loans 300 million euros to Moldova to overcome energy disruptions
The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has said it would loan Moldova 300 million euros ($316 million) to help it withstand energy supply disruptions compounded by Russia’s war in Ukraine.
Moldova, sandwiched between Ukraine and Romania, obtains nearly all its gas for industry and heating from Russian giant Gazprom under a contract extending to 2026. Supplies have been subject to difficult, periodic negotiations over prices, which were sent soaring even before the Ukraine invasion, and Moldova’s ability to pay its debts.
The loan to the pro-Western government of President Maia Sandu will be provided in two tranches – 200 million euros to avoid disruptions and a further 100 million euros to build up a strategic reserve in Ukraine or Romania.
32 mins ago (00:46 GMT)
Germany’s network agency head says full gas storage enough for 2.5 months
Germany could sustain itself for two and a half months of average winter if its natural gas storage facilities were…