European Union member states are growing increasingly exasperated by Hungary’s stonewalling of more than €6.5 billion ($7.1 billion) of urgently needed aid for Ukraine as its military struggles to fend off Russian assaults.

Budapest’s intransigence is prompting discussions among diplomats about how the EU fund could be shielded from Hungary’s veto when it soon receives another influx of cash from the profits of immobilized Russian assets.

"I have seven legal texts pending approval to mobilize resources to support militarily Ukraine,” EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said in a news conference Monday afternoon when asked about Hungary. "This delay can be measured in terms of human lives.”