EU weighs Ukraine support as new refugee exodus beckons

Oct 20, 2022, 11:54 PM | Updated: Oct 21, 2022, 5:51 am
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, center, speaks with Italy's Prime Minister Mari...

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, center, speaks with Italy's Prime Minister Mario Draghi, left, and Denmark's Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen during a round table meeting at an EU summit in Brussels, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. European Union leaders are gathering Friday to take stock of their support for Ukraine after President Volodymyr Zelenskyy warned that Russia is trying to spark a refugee exodus by destroying his war-ravaged country's energy infrastructure. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)

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BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union leaders sought Friday to shore up their support for Ukraine after President Volodymyr Zelenskyy warned that Russia was trying to spark a refugee exodus by destroying his war-ravaged country’s energy infrastructure.

Nearly eight months into the war, Russia has increasingly targeted Ukraine’s power stations, waterworks and other key infrastructure with missile and drone strikes. Meanwhile, the EU is struggling with the fallout of having to urgently wean itself off Russian gas and oil as the war fuels price hikes and market nervousness.

In a speech via video link to European leaders in Brussels on Thursday, Zelenskyy said “attacks by Russian cruise missiles and Iranian combat drones have destroyed more than a third of our energy infrastructure. Because of this, unfortunately we are no longer able to export electricity to help you maintain stability.”

The president added: “Russia also provokes a new wave of migration of Ukrainians to EU countries,” by attacking electricity and heating sources “so that as many Ukrainians as possible move to your countries.”

Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas described the targeting of civilian infrastructure as “pure terrorism.”

Russia’s attacks are meant to “make us afraid. It is to make us refrain from the decisions that we would otherwise make, and this is awful that it is possible to do this in the year 2022,” Kallas told reporters at an EU summit in Brussels.

Her Latvian counterpart, Krisjanis Karins, said “Russia’s war is becoming ever more brutal, now blatantly aimed not at the Ukrainian military but at Ukrainian citizens.”

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has branded Russia’s attacks on civilian infrastructure as “war crimes.”

More than 4.3 million Ukrainian citizens have registered for temporary protection in the EU. Poland is hosting almost almost a third of them.

A draft of a summit statement has the EU leaders affirming they “will stand with Ukraine for as long as it takes” with continued political, military and economic support.

They also say the 27-nation bloc will “step up its humanitarian response, in particular for winter preparedness.” The draft text, seen by The Associated Press, is expected to be adopted later Friday, although its precise wording could change.

The EU is deeply divided over how to handle the arrival of migrants without authorization, an issue that lies at the heart of one of the bloc’s biggest-ever political crises. But many countries, particularly in central and eastern Europe, so far have set aside their objections to welcome large numbers of war refugees from Ukraine.

The leaders of the EU’s member countries also are set to warn Belarus against helping Russia in the war. Ukraine’s military leaders warned this week that Russia is deploying aircraft and troops to Belarus and that Russian forces could attack from there to cut supply routes for Western weapons and equipment.

“The Belarusian regime must fully abide by its obligations under international law. The European Union remains ready to move quickly with further sanctions against Belarus,” the draft summit statement says.

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              European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, center, speaks with Italy's Prime Minister Mario Draghi, left, and Denmark's Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen during a round table meeting at an EU summit in Brussels, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. European Union leaders are gathering Friday to take stock of their support for Ukraine after President Volodymyr Zelenskyy warned that Russia is trying to spark a refugee exodus by destroying his war-ravaged country's energy infrastructure. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)
            
              Latvia's Prime Minister Krisjanis Karins speaks with the media as he arrives for an EU summit in Brussels, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. European Union leaders are gathering Friday to take stock of their support for Ukraine after President Volodymyr Zelenskyy warned that Russia is trying to spark a refugee exodus by destroying his war-ravaged country's energy infrastructure. (AP Photo/Olivier Matthys)
            
              Estonia's Prime Minister Kaja Kallas arrives for an EU summit in Brussels, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. European Union leaders are gathering Friday to take stock of their support for Ukraine after President Volodymyr Zelenskyy warned that Russia is trying to spark a refugee exodus by destroying his war-ravaged country's energy infrastructure. (AP Photo/Olivier Matthys)
            
              Germany's Chancellor Olaf Scholz, left, speaks with from left, Spain's Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, Denmark's Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen and Latvia's Prime Minister Krisjanis Karins during a round table meeting at an EU summit in Brussels, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. European Union leaders are gathering Friday to take stock of their support for Ukraine after President Volodymyr Zelenskyy warned that Russia is trying to spark a refugee exodus by destroying his war-ravaged country's energy infrastructure. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)
            
              Germany's Chancellor Olaf Scholz, second left, speaks with from left, Italy's Prime Minister Mario Draghi, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and Denmark's Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen during a round table meeting at an EU summit in Brussels, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. European Union leaders are gathering Friday to take stock of their support for Ukraine after President Volodymyr Zelenskyy warned that Russia is trying to spark a refugee exodus by destroying his war-ravaged country's energy infrastructure. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)
            
              Croatia's Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic, second right, greets Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades, center, during a round table meeting at an EU summit in Brussels, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. European Union leaders are gathering Friday to take stock of their support for Ukraine after President Volodymyr Zelenskyy warned that Russia is trying to spark a refugee exodus by destroying his war-ravaged country's energy infrastructure. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)
            
              Slovakia's Prime Minister Eduard Heger, left, speaks with French President Emmanuel Macron during a round table meeting at an EU summit in Brussels, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. European Union leaders are gathering Friday to take stock of their support for Ukraine after President Volodymyr Zelenskyy warned that Russia is trying to spark a refugee exodus by destroying his war-ravaged country's energy infrastructure. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)
            
              European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, second left, speaks with from left, Italy's Prime Minister Mario Draghi, Germany's Chancellor Olaf Scholz and Denmark's Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen during a round table meeting at an EU summit in Brussels, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. European Union leaders are gathering Friday to take stock of their support for Ukraine after President Volodymyr Zelenskyy warned that Russia is trying to spark a refugee exodus by destroying his war-ravaged country's energy infrastructure. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)
            
              Slovakia's Prime Minister Eduard Heger, center, speaks with Germany's Chancellor Olaf Scholz, third left, during a round table meeting at an EU summit in Brussels, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. European Union leaders are gathering Friday to take stock of their support for Ukraine after President Volodymyr Zelenskyy warned that Russia is trying to spark a refugee exodus by destroying his war-ravaged country's energy infrastructure. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)
            
              European Council President Charles Michel, center left, speaks with French President Emmanuel Macron, center right, during a round table meeting at an EU summit in Brussels, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. European Union leaders are gathering Friday to take stock of their support for Ukraine after President Volodymyr Zelenskyy warned that Russia is trying to spark a refugee exodus by destroying his war-ravaged country's energy infrastructure. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)
            
              European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, center, speaks with Italy's Prime Minister Mario Draghi, left, and Denmark's Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen during a round table meeting at an EU summit in Brussels, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. European Union leaders are gathering Friday to take stock of their support for Ukraine after President Volodymyr Zelenskyy warned that Russia is trying to spark a refugee exodus by destroying his war-ravaged country's energy infrastructure. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)
            
              Latvia's Prime Minister Krisjanis Karins speaks with the media as he arrives for an EU summit in Brussels, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. European Union leaders are gathering Friday to take stock of their support for Ukraine after President Volodymyr Zelenskyy warned that Russia is trying to spark a refugee exodus by destroying his war-ravaged country's energy infrastructure. (AP Photo/Olivier Matthys)
            
              Estonia's Prime Minister Kaja Kallas arrives for an EU summit in Brussels, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. European Union leaders are gathering Friday to take stock of their support for Ukraine after President Volodymyr Zelenskyy warned that Russia is trying to spark a refugee exodus by destroying his war-ravaged country's energy infrastructure. (AP Photo/Olivier Matthys)
            
              Germany's Chancellor Olaf Scholz, left, speaks with from left, Spain's Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, Denmark's Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen and Latvia's Prime Minister Krisjanis Karins during a round table meeting at an EU summit in Brussels, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. European Union leaders are gathering Friday to take stock of their support for Ukraine after President Volodymyr Zelenskyy warned that Russia is trying to spark a refugee exodus by destroying his war-ravaged country's energy infrastructure. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)
            
              Germany's Chancellor Olaf Scholz, second left, speaks with from left, Italy's Prime Minister Mario Draghi, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and Denmark's Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen during a round table meeting at an EU summit in Brussels, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. European Union leaders are gathering Friday to take stock of their support for Ukraine after President Volodymyr Zelenskyy warned that Russia is trying to spark a refugee exodus by destroying his war-ravaged country's energy infrastructure. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)
            
              Croatia's Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic, second right, greets Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades, center, during a round table meeting at an EU summit in Brussels, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. European Union leaders are gathering Friday to take stock of their support for Ukraine after President Volodymyr Zelenskyy warned that Russia is trying to spark a refugee exodus by destroying his war-ravaged country's energy infrastructure. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)
            
              Slovakia's Prime Minister Eduard Heger, left, speaks with French President Emmanuel Macron during a round table meeting at an EU summit in Brussels, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. European Union leaders are gathering Friday to take stock of their support for Ukraine after President Volodymyr Zelenskyy warned that Russia is trying to spark a refugee exodus by destroying his war-ravaged country's energy infrastructure. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)
            
              European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, second left, speaks with from left, Italy's Prime Minister Mario Draghi, Germany's Chancellor Olaf Scholz and Denmark's Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen during a round table meeting at an EU summit in Brussels, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. European Union leaders are gathering Friday to take stock of their support for Ukraine after President Volodymyr Zelenskyy warned that Russia is trying to spark a refugee exodus by destroying his war-ravaged country's energy infrastructure. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)
            
              Slovakia's Prime Minister Eduard Heger, center, speaks with Germany's Chancellor Olaf Scholz, third left, during a round table meeting at an EU summit in Brussels, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. European Union leaders are gathering Friday to take stock of their support for Ukraine after President Volodymyr Zelenskyy warned that Russia is trying to spark a refugee exodus by destroying his war-ravaged country's energy infrastructure. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)
            
              European Council President Charles Michel, center left, speaks with French President Emmanuel Macron, center right, during a round table meeting at an EU summit in Brussels, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. European Union leaders are gathering Friday to take stock of their support for Ukraine after President Volodymyr Zelenskyy warned that Russia is trying to spark a refugee exodus by destroying his war-ravaged country's energy infrastructure. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)
            
              European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, center, speaks with Italy's Prime Minister Mario Draghi, left, and Denmark's Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen during a round table meeting at an EU summit in Brussels, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. European Union leaders are gathering Friday to take stock of their support for Ukraine after President Volodymyr Zelenskyy warned that Russia is trying to spark a refugee exodus by destroying his war-ravaged country's energy infrastructure. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)
            
              Latvia's Prime Minister Krisjanis Karins speaks with the media as he arrives for an EU summit in Brussels, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. European Union leaders are gathering Friday to take stock of their support for Ukraine after President Volodymyr Zelenskyy warned that Russia is trying to spark a refugee exodus by destroying his war-ravaged country's energy infrastructure. (AP Photo/Olivier Matthys)
            
              Estonia's Prime Minister Kaja Kallas arrives for an EU summit in Brussels, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. European Union leaders are gathering Friday to take stock of their support for Ukraine after President Volodymyr Zelenskyy warned that Russia is trying to spark a refugee exodus by destroying his war-ravaged country's energy infrastructure. (AP Photo/Olivier Matthys)
            
              Germany's Chancellor Olaf Scholz, left, speaks with from left, Spain's Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, Denmark's Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen and Latvia's Prime Minister Krisjanis Karins during a round table meeting at an EU summit in Brussels, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. European Union leaders are gathering Friday to take stock of their support for Ukraine after President Volodymyr Zelenskyy warned that Russia is trying to spark a refugee exodus by destroying his war-ravaged country's energy infrastructure. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)
            
              Germany's Chancellor Olaf Scholz, second left, speaks with from left, Italy's Prime Minister Mario Draghi, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and Denmark's Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen during a round table meeting at an EU summit in Brussels, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. European Union leaders are gathering Friday to take stock of their support for Ukraine after President Volodymyr Zelenskyy warned that Russia is trying to spark a refugee exodus by destroying his war-ravaged country's energy infrastructure. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)
            
              Croatia's Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic, second right, greets Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades, center, during a round table meeting at an EU summit in Brussels, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. European Union leaders are gathering Friday to take stock of their support for Ukraine after President Volodymyr Zelenskyy warned that Russia is trying to spark a refugee exodus by destroying his war-ravaged country's energy infrastructure. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)
            
              Slovakia's Prime Minister Eduard Heger, left, speaks with French President Emmanuel Macron during a round table meeting at an EU summit in Brussels, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. European Union leaders are gathering Friday to take stock of their support for Ukraine after President Volodymyr Zelenskyy warned that Russia is trying to spark a refugee exodus by destroying his war-ravaged country's energy infrastructure. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)
            
              European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, second left, speaks with from left, Italy's Prime Minister Mario Draghi, Germany's Chancellor Olaf Scholz and Denmark's Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen during a round table meeting at an EU summit in Brussels, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. European Union leaders are gathering Friday to take stock of their support for Ukraine after President Volodymyr Zelenskyy warned that Russia is trying to spark a refugee exodus by destroying his war-ravaged country's energy infrastructure. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)
            
              Slovakia's Prime Minister Eduard Heger, center, speaks with Germany's Chancellor Olaf Scholz, third left, during a round table meeting at an EU summit in Brussels, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. European Union leaders are gathering Friday to take stock of their support for Ukraine after President Volodymyr Zelenskyy warned that Russia is trying to spark a refugee exodus by destroying his war-ravaged country's energy infrastructure. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)
            
              European Council President Charles Michel, center left, speaks with French President Emmanuel Macron, center right, during a round table meeting at an EU summit in Brussels, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. European Union leaders are gathering Friday to take stock of their support for Ukraine after President Volodymyr Zelenskyy warned that Russia is trying to spark a refugee exodus by destroying his war-ravaged country's energy infrastructure. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)
            
              European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, center, speaks with Italy's Prime Minister Mario Draghi, left, and Denmark's Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen during a round table meeting at an EU summit in Brussels, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. European Union leaders are gathering Friday to take stock of their support for Ukraine after President Volodymyr Zelenskyy warned that Russia is trying to spark a refugee exodus by destroying his war-ravaged country's energy infrastructure. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)
            
              Latvia's Prime Minister Krisjanis Karins speaks with the media as he arrives for an EU summit in Brussels, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. European Union leaders are gathering Friday to take stock of their support for Ukraine after President Volodymyr Zelenskyy warned that Russia is trying to spark a refugee exodus by destroying his war-ravaged country's energy infrastructure. (AP Photo/Olivier Matthys)
            
              Estonia's Prime Minister Kaja Kallas arrives for an EU summit in Brussels, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. European Union leaders are gathering Friday to take stock of their support for Ukraine after President Volodymyr Zelenskyy warned that Russia is trying to spark a refugee exodus by destroying his war-ravaged country's energy infrastructure. (AP Photo/Olivier Matthys)
            
              Germany's Chancellor Olaf Scholz, left, speaks with from left, Spain's Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, Denmark's Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen and Latvia's Prime Minister Krisjanis Karins during a round table meeting at an EU summit in Brussels, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. European Union leaders are gathering Friday to take stock of their support for Ukraine after President Volodymyr Zelenskyy warned that Russia is trying to spark a refugee exodus by destroying his war-ravaged country's energy infrastructure. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)
            
              Germany's Chancellor Olaf Scholz, second left, speaks with from left, Italy's Prime Minister Mario Draghi, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and Denmark's Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen during a round table meeting at an EU summit in Brussels, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. European Union leaders are gathering Friday to take stock of their support for Ukraine after President Volodymyr Zelenskyy warned that Russia is trying to spark a refugee exodus by destroying his war-ravaged country's energy infrastructure. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)
            
              Croatia's Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic, second right, greets Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades, center, during a round table meeting at an EU summit in Brussels, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. European Union leaders are gathering Friday to take stock of their support for Ukraine after President Volodymyr Zelenskyy warned that Russia is trying to spark a refugee exodus by destroying his war-ravaged country's energy infrastructure. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)
            
              Slovakia's Prime Minister Eduard Heger, left, speaks with French President Emmanuel Macron during a round table meeting at an EU summit in Brussels, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. European Union leaders are gathering Friday to take stock of their support for Ukraine after President Volodymyr Zelenskyy warned that Russia is trying to spark a refugee exodus by destroying his war-ravaged country's energy infrastructure. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)
            
              European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, second left, speaks with from left, Italy's Prime Minister Mario Draghi, Germany's Chancellor Olaf Scholz and Denmark's Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen during a round table meeting at an EU summit in Brussels, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. European Union leaders are gathering Friday to take stock of their support for Ukraine after President Volodymyr Zelenskyy warned that Russia is trying to spark a refugee exodus by destroying his war-ravaged country's energy infrastructure. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)
            
              Slovakia's Prime Minister Eduard Heger, center, speaks with Germany's Chancellor Olaf Scholz, third left, during a round table meeting at an EU summit in Brussels, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. European Union leaders are gathering Friday to take stock of their support for Ukraine after President Volodymyr Zelenskyy warned that Russia is trying to spark a refugee exodus by destroying his war-ravaged country's energy infrastructure. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)
            
              European Council President Charles Michel, center left, speaks with French President Emmanuel Macron, center right, during a round table meeting at an EU summit in Brussels, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. European Union leaders are gathering Friday to take stock of their support for Ukraine after President Volodymyr Zelenskyy warned that Russia is trying to spark a refugee exodus by destroying his war-ravaged country's energy infrastructure. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)
            
              European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, center, speaks with Italy's Prime Minister Mario Draghi, left, and Denmark's Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen during a round table meeting at an EU summit in Brussels, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. European Union leaders are gathering Friday to take stock of their support for Ukraine after President Volodymyr Zelenskyy warned that Russia is trying to spark a refugee exodus by destroying his war-ravaged country's energy infrastructure. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)
            
              Latvia's Prime Minister Krisjanis Karins speaks with the media as he arrives for an EU summit in Brussels, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. European Union leaders are gathering Friday to take stock of their support for Ukraine after President Volodymyr Zelenskyy warned that Russia is trying to spark a refugee exodus by destroying his war-ravaged country's energy infrastructure. (AP Photo/Olivier Matthys)
            
              Estonia's Prime Minister Kaja Kallas arrives for an EU summit in Brussels, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. European Union leaders are gathering Friday to take stock of their support for Ukraine after President Volodymyr Zelenskyy warned that Russia is trying to spark a refugee exodus by destroying his war-ravaged country's energy infrastructure. (AP Photo/Olivier Matthys)
            
              Germany's Chancellor Olaf Scholz, left, speaks with from left, Spain's Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, Denmark's Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen and Latvia's Prime Minister Krisjanis Karins during a round table meeting at an EU summit in Brussels, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. European Union leaders are gathering Friday to take stock of their support for Ukraine after President Volodymyr Zelenskyy warned that Russia is trying to spark a refugee exodus by destroying his war-ravaged country's energy infrastructure. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)
            
              Germany's Chancellor Olaf Scholz, second left, speaks with from left, Italy's Prime Minister Mario Draghi, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and Denmark's Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen during a round table meeting at an EU summit in Brussels, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. European Union leaders are gathering Friday to take stock of their support for Ukraine after President Volodymyr Zelenskyy warned that Russia is trying to spark a refugee exodus by destroying his war-ravaged country's energy infrastructure. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)
            
              Croatia's Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic, second right, greets Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades, center, during a round table meeting at an EU summit in Brussels, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. European Union leaders are gathering Friday to take stock of their support for Ukraine after President Volodymyr Zelenskyy warned that Russia is trying to spark a refugee exodus by destroying his war-ravaged country's energy infrastructure. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)
            
              Slovakia's Prime Minister Eduard Heger, left, speaks with French President Emmanuel Macron during a round table meeting at an EU summit in Brussels, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. European Union leaders are gathering Friday to take stock of their support for Ukraine after President Volodymyr Zelenskyy warned that Russia is trying to spark a refugee exodus by destroying his war-ravaged country's energy infrastructure. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)
            
              European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, second left, speaks with from left, Italy's Prime Minister Mario Draghi, Germany's Chancellor Olaf Scholz and Denmark's Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen during a round table meeting at an EU summit in Brussels, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. European Union leaders are gathering Friday to take stock of their support for Ukraine after President Volodymyr Zelenskyy warned that Russia is trying to spark a refugee exodus by destroying his war-ravaged country's energy infrastructure. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)
            
              Slovakia's Prime Minister Eduard Heger, center, speaks with Germany's Chancellor Olaf Scholz, third left, during a round table meeting at an EU summit in Brussels, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. European Union leaders are gathering Friday to take stock of their support for Ukraine after President Volodymyr Zelenskyy warned that Russia is trying to spark a refugee exodus by destroying his war-ravaged country's energy infrastructure. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)
            
              European Council President Charles Michel, center left, speaks with French President Emmanuel Macron, center right, during a round table meeting at an EU summit in Brussels, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. European Union leaders are gathering Friday to take stock of their support for Ukraine after President Volodymyr Zelenskyy warned that Russia is trying to spark a refugee exodus by destroying his war-ravaged country's energy infrastructure. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)
            
              European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, center, speaks with Italy's Prime Minister Mario Draghi, left, and Denmark's Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen during a round table meeting at an EU summit in Brussels, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. European Union leaders are gathering Friday to take stock of their support for Ukraine after President Volodymyr Zelenskyy warned that Russia is trying to spark a refugee exodus by destroying his war-ravaged country's energy infrastructure. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)
            
              Latvia's Prime Minister Krisjanis Karins speaks with the media as he arrives for an EU summit in Brussels, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. European Union leaders are gathering Friday to take stock of their support for Ukraine after President Volodymyr Zelenskyy warned that Russia is trying to spark a refugee exodus by destroying his war-ravaged country's energy infrastructure. (AP Photo/Olivier Matthys)
            
              Estonia's Prime Minister Kaja Kallas arrives for an EU summit in Brussels, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. European Union leaders are gathering Friday to take stock of their support for Ukraine after President Volodymyr Zelenskyy warned that Russia is trying to spark a refugee exodus by destroying his war-ravaged country's energy infrastructure. (AP Photo/Olivier Matthys)
            
              Germany's Chancellor Olaf Scholz, left, speaks with from left, Spain's Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, Denmark's Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen and Latvia's Prime Minister Krisjanis Karins during a round table meeting at an EU summit in Brussels, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. European Union leaders are gathering Friday to take stock of their support for Ukraine after President Volodymyr Zelenskyy warned that Russia is trying to spark a refugee exodus by destroying his war-ravaged country's energy infrastructure. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)
            
              Germany's Chancellor Olaf Scholz, second left, speaks with from left, Italy's Prime Minister Mario Draghi, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and Denmark's Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen during a round table meeting at an EU summit in Brussels, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. European Union leaders are gathering Friday to take stock of their support for Ukraine after President Volodymyr Zelenskyy warned that Russia is trying to spark a refugee exodus by destroying his war-ravaged country's energy infrastructure. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)
            
              Croatia's Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic, second right, greets Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades, center, during a round table meeting at an EU summit in Brussels, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. European Union leaders are gathering Friday to take stock of their support for Ukraine after President Volodymyr Zelenskyy warned that Russia is trying to spark a refugee exodus by destroying his war-ravaged country's energy infrastructure. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)
            
              Slovakia's Prime Minister Eduard Heger, left, speaks with French President Emmanuel Macron during a round table meeting at an EU summit in Brussels, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. European Union leaders are gathering Friday to take stock of their support for Ukraine after President Volodymyr Zelenskyy warned that Russia is trying to spark a refugee exodus by destroying his war-ravaged country's energy infrastructure. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)
            
              European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, second left, speaks with from left, Italy's Prime Minister Mario Draghi, Germany's Chancellor Olaf Scholz and Denmark's Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen during a round table meeting at an EU summit in Brussels, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. European Union leaders are gathering Friday to take stock of their support for Ukraine after President Volodymyr Zelenskyy warned that Russia is trying to spark a refugee exodus by destroying his war-ravaged country's energy infrastructure. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)
            
              Slovakia's Prime Minister Eduard Heger, center, speaks with Germany's Chancellor Olaf Scholz, third left, during a round table meeting at an EU summit in Brussels, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. European Union leaders are gathering Friday to take stock of their support for Ukraine after President Volodymyr Zelenskyy warned that Russia is trying to spark a refugee exodus by destroying his war-ravaged country's energy infrastructure. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)
            
              European Council President Charles Michel, center left, speaks with French President Emmanuel Macron, center right, during a round table meeting at an EU summit in Brussels, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. European Union leaders are gathering Friday to take stock of their support for Ukraine after President Volodymyr Zelenskyy warned that Russia is trying to spark a refugee exodus by destroying his war-ravaged country's energy infrastructure. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)
            
              European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, center, speaks with Italy's Prime Minister Mario Draghi, left, and Denmark's Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen during a round table meeting at an EU summit in Brussels, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. European Union leaders are gathering Friday to take stock of their support for Ukraine after President Volodymyr Zelenskyy warned that Russia is trying to spark a refugee exodus by destroying his war-ravaged country's energy infrastructure. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)
            
              Latvia's Prime Minister Krisjanis Karins speaks with the media as he arrives for an EU summit in Brussels, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. European Union leaders are gathering Friday to take stock of their support for Ukraine after President Volodymyr Zelenskyy warned that Russia is trying to spark a refugee exodus by destroying his war-ravaged country's energy infrastructure. (AP Photo/Olivier Matthys)
            
              Estonia's Prime Minister Kaja Kallas arrives for an EU summit in Brussels, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. European Union leaders are gathering Friday to take stock of their support for Ukraine after President Volodymyr Zelenskyy warned that Russia is trying to spark a refugee exodus by destroying his war-ravaged country's energy infrastructure. (AP Photo/Olivier Matthys)
            
              Germany's Chancellor Olaf Scholz, left, speaks with from left, Spain's Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, Denmark's Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen and Latvia's Prime Minister Krisjanis Karins during a round table meeting at an EU summit in Brussels, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. European Union leaders are gathering Friday to take stock of their support for Ukraine after President Volodymyr Zelenskyy warned that Russia is trying to spark a refugee exodus by destroying his war-ravaged country's energy infrastructure. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)
            
              Germany's Chancellor Olaf Scholz, second left, speaks with from left, Italy's Prime Minister Mario Draghi, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and Denmark's Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen during a round table meeting at an EU summit in Brussels, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. European Union leaders are gathering Friday to take stock of their support for Ukraine after President Volodymyr Zelenskyy warned that Russia is trying to spark a refugee exodus by destroying his war-ravaged country's energy infrastructure. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)
            
              Croatia's Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic, second right, greets Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades, center, during a round table meeting at an EU summit in Brussels, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. European Union leaders are gathering Friday to take stock of their support for Ukraine after President Volodymyr Zelenskyy warned that Russia is trying to spark a refugee exodus by destroying his war-ravaged country's energy infrastructure. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)
            
              Slovakia's Prime Minister Eduard Heger, left, speaks with French President Emmanuel Macron during a round table meeting at an EU summit in Brussels, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. European Union leaders are gathering Friday to take stock of their support for Ukraine after President Volodymyr Zelenskyy warned that Russia is trying to spark a refugee exodus by destroying his war-ravaged country's energy infrastructure. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)
            
              European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, second left, speaks with from left, Italy's Prime Minister Mario Draghi, Germany's Chancellor Olaf Scholz and Denmark's Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen during a round table meeting at an EU summit in Brussels, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. European Union leaders are gathering Friday to take stock of their support for Ukraine after President Volodymyr Zelenskyy warned that Russia is trying to spark a refugee exodus by destroying his war-ravaged country's energy infrastructure. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)
            
              Slovakia's Prime Minister Eduard Heger, center, speaks with Germany's Chancellor Olaf Scholz, third left, during a round table meeting at an EU summit in Brussels, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. European Union leaders are gathering Friday to take stock of their support for Ukraine after President Volodymyr Zelenskyy warned that Russia is trying to spark a refugee exodus by destroying his war-ravaged country's energy infrastructure. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)
            
              European Council President Charles Michel, center left, speaks with French President Emmanuel Macron, center right, during a round table meeting at an EU summit in Brussels, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. European Union leaders are gathering Friday to take stock of their support for Ukraine after President Volodymyr Zelenskyy warned that Russia is trying to spark a refugee exodus by destroying his war-ravaged country's energy infrastructure. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)
            
              European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, center, speaks with Italy's Prime Minister Mario Draghi, left, and Denmark's Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen during a round table meeting at an EU summit in Brussels, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. European Union leaders are gathering Friday to take stock of their support for Ukraine after President Volodymyr Zelenskyy warned that Russia is trying to spark a refugee exodus by destroying his war-ravaged country's energy infrastructure. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)
            
              Latvia's Prime Minister Krisjanis Karins speaks with the media as he arrives for an EU summit in Brussels, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. European Union leaders are gathering Friday to take stock of their support for Ukraine after President Volodymyr Zelenskyy warned that Russia is trying to spark a refugee exodus by destroying his war-ravaged country's energy infrastructure. (AP Photo/Olivier Matthys)
            
              Estonia's Prime Minister Kaja Kallas arrives for an EU summit in Brussels, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. European Union leaders are gathering Friday to take stock of their support for Ukraine after President Volodymyr Zelenskyy warned that Russia is trying to spark a refugee exodus by destroying his war-ravaged country's energy infrastructure. (AP Photo/Olivier Matthys)
            
              Germany's Chancellor Olaf Scholz, left, speaks with from left, Spain's Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, Denmark's Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen and Latvia's Prime Minister Krisjanis Karins during a round table meeting at an EU summit in Brussels, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. European Union leaders are gathering Friday to take stock of their support for Ukraine after President Volodymyr Zelenskyy warned that Russia is trying to spark a refugee exodus by destroying his war-ravaged country's energy infrastructure. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)
            
              Germany's Chancellor Olaf Scholz, second left, speaks with from left, Italy's Prime Minister Mario Draghi, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and Denmark's Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen during a round table meeting at an EU summit in Brussels, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. European Union leaders are gathering Friday to take stock of their support for Ukraine after President Volodymyr Zelenskyy warned that Russia is trying to spark a refugee exodus by destroying his war-ravaged country's energy infrastructure. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)
            
              Croatia's Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic, second right, greets Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades, center, during a round table meeting at an EU summit in Brussels, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. European Union leaders are gathering Friday to take stock of their support for Ukraine after President Volodymyr Zelenskyy warned that Russia is trying to spark a refugee exodus by destroying his war-ravaged country's energy infrastructure. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)
            
              Slovakia's Prime Minister Eduard Heger, left, speaks with French President Emmanuel Macron during a round table meeting at an EU summit in Brussels, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. European Union leaders are gathering Friday to take stock of their support for Ukraine after President Volodymyr Zelenskyy warned that Russia is trying to spark a refugee exodus by destroying his war-ravaged country's energy infrastructure. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)
            
              European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, second left, speaks with from left, Italy's Prime Minister Mario Draghi, Germany's Chancellor Olaf Scholz and Denmark's Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen during a round table meeting at an EU summit in Brussels, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. European Union leaders are gathering Friday to take stock of their support for Ukraine after President Volodymyr Zelenskyy warned that Russia is trying to spark a refugee exodus by destroying his war-ravaged country's energy infrastructure. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)
            
              Slovakia's Prime Minister Eduard Heger, center, speaks with Germany's Chancellor Olaf Scholz, third left, during a round table meeting at an EU summit in Brussels, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. European Union leaders are gathering Friday to take stock of their support for Ukraine after President Volodymyr Zelenskyy warned that Russia is trying to spark a refugee exodus by destroying his war-ravaged country's energy infrastructure. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)
            
              European Council President Charles Michel, center left, speaks with French President Emmanuel Macron, center right, during a round table meeting at an EU summit in Brussels, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. European Union leaders are gathering Friday to take stock of their support for Ukraine after President Volodymyr Zelenskyy warned that Russia is trying to spark a refugee exodus by destroying his war-ravaged country's energy infrastructure. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)
            
              European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, center, speaks with Italy's Prime Minister Mario Draghi, left, and Denmark's Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen during a round table meeting at an EU summit in Brussels, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. European Union leaders are gathering Friday to take stock of their support for Ukraine after President Volodymyr Zelenskyy warned that Russia is trying to spark a refugee exodus by destroying his war-ravaged country's energy infrastructure. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)
            
              Latvia's Prime Minister Krisjanis Karins speaks with the media as he arrives for an EU summit in Brussels, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. European Union leaders are gathering Friday to take stock of their support for Ukraine after President Volodymyr Zelenskyy warned that Russia is trying to spark a refugee exodus by destroying his war-ravaged country's energy infrastructure. (AP Photo/Olivier Matthys)
            
              Estonia's Prime Minister Kaja Kallas arrives for an EU summit in Brussels, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. European Union leaders are gathering Friday to take stock of their support for Ukraine after President Volodymyr Zelenskyy warned that Russia is trying to spark a refugee exodus by destroying his war-ravaged country's energy infrastructure. (AP Photo/Olivier Matthys)
            
              Germany's Chancellor Olaf Scholz, left, speaks with from left, Spain's Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, Denmark's Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen and Latvia's Prime Minister Krisjanis Karins during a round table meeting at an EU summit in Brussels, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. European Union leaders are gathering Friday to take stock of their support for Ukraine after President Volodymyr Zelenskyy warned that Russia is trying to spark a refugee exodus by destroying his war-ravaged country's energy infrastructure. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)
            
              Germany's Chancellor Olaf Scholz, second left, speaks with from left, Italy's Prime Minister Mario Draghi, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and Denmark's Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen during a round table meeting at an EU summit in Brussels, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. European Union leaders are gathering Friday to take stock of their support for Ukraine after President Volodymyr Zelenskyy warned that Russia is trying to spark a refugee exodus by destroying his war-ravaged country's energy infrastructure. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)
            
              Croatia's Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic, second right, greets Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades, center, during a round table meeting at an EU summit in Brussels, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. European Union leaders are gathering Friday to take stock of their support for Ukraine after President Volodymyr Zelenskyy warned that Russia is trying to spark a refugee exodus by destroying his war-ravaged country's energy infrastructure. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)
            
              Slovakia's Prime Minister Eduard Heger, left, speaks with French President Emmanuel Macron during a round table meeting at an EU summit in Brussels, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. European Union leaders are gathering Friday to take stock of their support for Ukraine after President Volodymyr Zelenskyy warned that Russia is trying to spark a refugee exodus by destroying his war-ravaged country's energy infrastructure. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)
            
              European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, second left, speaks with from left, Italy's Prime Minister Mario Draghi, Germany's Chancellor Olaf Scholz and Denmark's Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen during a round table meeting at an EU summit in Brussels, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. European Union leaders are gathering Friday to take stock of their support for Ukraine after President Volodymyr Zelenskyy warned that Russia is trying to spark a refugee exodus by destroying his war-ravaged country's energy infrastructure. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)
            
              Slovakia's Prime Minister Eduard Heger, center, speaks with Germany's Chancellor Olaf Scholz, third left, during a round table meeting at an EU summit in Brussels, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. European Union leaders are gathering Friday to take stock of their support for Ukraine after President Volodymyr Zelenskyy warned that Russia is trying to spark a refugee exodus by destroying his war-ravaged country's energy infrastructure. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)
            
              European Council President Charles Michel, center left, speaks with French President Emmanuel Macron, center right, during a round table meeting at an EU summit in Brussels, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. European Union leaders are gathering Friday to take stock of their support for Ukraine after President Volodymyr Zelenskyy warned that Russia is trying to spark a refugee exodus by destroying his war-ravaged country's energy infrastructure. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)
            
              Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades, right, speaks with Bulgaria's President Rumen Radev during a round table meeting at an EU summit in Brussels, Thursday, Oct. 20, 2022. European Union leaders were heading into a two-day summit Thursday with opposing views on whether, and how, the bloc could impose a gas price cap to contain the energy crisis fueled by Russian President Vladimir Putin's invasion of Ukraine and his strategy to choke off gas supplies to the bloc at will. (AP Photo/Olivier Matthys)
            
              Belgium's Prime Minister Alexander De Croo, left, speaks with Italy's Prime Minister Mario Draghi during a round table meeting at an EU summit in Brussels, Thursday, Oct. 20, 2022. European Union leaders were heading into a two-day summit Thursday with opposing views on whether, and how, the bloc could impose a gas price cap to contain the energy crisis fueled by Russian President Vladimir Putin's invasion of Ukraine and his strategy to choke off gas supplies to the bloc at will. (AP Photo/Olivier Matthys)
            
              France's President Emmanuel Macron, center, arrives for a bilateral meeting with Germany's Chancellor Olaf Scholz during an EU summit in Brussels, Thursday, Oct. 20, 2022. European Union leaders were heading into a two-day summit Thursday with opposing views on whether, and how, the bloc could impose a gas price cap to contain the energy crisis fueled by Russian President Vladimir Putin's invasion of Ukraine and his strategy to choke off gas supplies to the bloc at will. (Olivier Hoslet, Pool Photo via AP)
            
              Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orban, third left, arrives for a round table meeting at an EU summit in Brussels, Thursday, Oct. 20, 2022. European Union leaders were heading into a two-day summit Thursday with opposing views on whether, and how, the bloc could impose a gas price cap to contain the energy crisis fueled by Russian President Vladimir Putin's invasion of Ukraine and his strategy to choke off gas supplies to the bloc at will. (AP Photo/Olivier Matthys)
            
              European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, left, and European Council President Charles Michel address a media conference at an EU summit in Brussels, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. European Union leaders struggled to find immediate practical solutions at their summit Thursday called to grapple with the energy crisis fueled by the war in Ukraine and maintain a united front in the face of Russian President Vladimir Putin coercion. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)
            
              Sweden's Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson, center, speaks with Portugal's Prime Minister Antonio Costa, left, and Denmark's Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen during a round table meeting at an EU summit in Brussels, Thursday, Oct. 20, 2022. European Union leaders were heading into a two-day summit Thursday with opposing views on whether, and how, the bloc could impose a gas price cap to contain the energy crisis fueled by Russian President Vladimir Putin's invasion of Ukraine and his strategy to choke off gas supplies to the bloc at will. (AP Photo/Olivier Matthys)
            
              From left, Denmark's Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen, Slovakia's Prime Minister Eduard Heger, Netherland's Prime Minister Mark Rutte, Romania's President Klaus Werner Ioannis and Greece's Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis during a round table meeting at an EU summit in Brussels, Thursday, Oct. 20, 2022. European Union leaders were heading into a two-day summit Thursday with opposing views on whether, and how, the bloc could impose a gas price cap to contain the energy crisis fueled by Russian President Vladimir Putin's invasion of Ukraine and his strategy to choke off gas supplies to the bloc at will. (AP Photo/Olivier Matthys)
            
              European Council President Charles Michel, center right, speaks with Spain's Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, center left, during a round table meeting at an EU summit in Brussels, Thursday, Oct. 20, 2022. European Union leaders were heading into a two-day summit Thursday with opposing views on whether, and how, the bloc could impose a gas price cap to contain the energy crisis fueled by Russian President Vladimir Putin's invasion of Ukraine and his strategy to choke off gas supplies to the bloc at will. (AP Photo/Olivier Matthys)

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