On Wednesday, European Union defense ministers were gathering to review a plan to supply Ukraine with 1 billion euros in munitions as the allies of Kyiv are being urged to increase their support of the country’s war efforts.

At an upcoming gathering in Stockholm, the capital of Sweden, the topic of Ukraine’s severe scarcity of ammunition will be discussed by European leaders to supply the numerous 155-millimeter howitzer shells that Ukraine’s forces are using every day in their battle against the ongoing Russian offensive.

Battles are being fought around Bakhmut, and President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has warned that if it were to be captured by Moscow, they would have an “open road” to progress further into Ukraine.

Zelenskyy informed CNN in an interview the following Wednesday that, were Bakhmut to fall, the Russians would have a wide-open path to further advance into Ukraine and towns in Donetsk’s region, such as Kramatorsk and Sloviansk.

On Tuesday, Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission, made clear Europe’s intention to repel any Russian aggression while visiting Canada.

During her speech to Canada’s parliament, von der Leyen expressed her belief that no country should ever accept an aggressive military power that attempts to expand its empire by rolling tanks across an international border.

The New York Times published a report on Tuesday claiming that US intelligence had revealed a “pro-Ukrainian group” as responsible for sabotaging the Nord Stream gas pipelines from last year, which could pose complex issues for allies.