This Monday in Paris, a gathering of approximately thirty heads of state, government leaders, and ministers aims to “reverse the current dynamics in the conflict Russia is waging against Ukraine” and to increase the supply of ammunition to Kyiv’s military forces.

The goal is to bounce back, re-engage, and potentially rearm

Just two days following the second anniversary of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, France is hosting a “support conference” this Monday afternoon, which Paris is promoting as “truly extraordinary.” With the hope of it being genuinely significant in providing tangible responses to the Russian aggression and meeting Ukraine’s significant ammunition needs, the event is on track to achieve this given the impressive list of attendees and the remarkably short preparation time involved.

Starting at 5 p.m., at least 20 heads of state and government, as well as defense and foreign ministers, are expected to ascend the steps of the Elysée.

Predominantly, the leaders attending are from Europe, with the United States being represented by an Under Secretary of State. Does this suggest a desire by Europeans to take a more active role in offering consistent, substantial support to Ukraine, aiming for less dependency on the United States, especially when a new $60 billion aid package (equivalent to €55.4 billion) remains stalled in Congress?