war in ukraine Kyiv demands heavy armor from Germany
The city of Kharkiv was bombed on Tuesday, hours after the German chancellor’s surprise visit, who announced new aid.
Russian bombers hit Kharkov Tuesday night, a few hours after the surprise visit to this city in the NortheastUkraine from the head of German diplomacy, Annalena Baerbock, with her Ukrainian counterpart, who urged Germany to provide heavy armor. “The longer this decision is postponed, the more casualties there will be, the more civilian deaths there will be,” insisted Ukrainian Minister Dmytro Kouleba.
An AFP journalist later heard several explosions in the city, relatively spared in recent times by Russian attacks. “Stay in the shelters. The occupiers are bombing again!” warned regional governor Oleg Synegoubov in Telegram messages. It was impossible to immediately determine whether these attacks caused damage and casualties.
support from berlin
The previous Tuesday, Annalena Baerbock had arrived in this war-tested town close to the Russian border. Invited by her counterpart Dmytro Kouleba, she guaranteed that Ukraine can count on Germany’s “solidarity” and “support”.
The minister said she had brought “a new package” of aid including 20 million euros for mine clearance and the same for the development of the Starlink Internet access network. She also announced new deliveries of generators for the Ukrainian power infrastructure systematically bombed by Russia.
But Ukraine above all demands the delivery of western combat tanks, and Berlin has not yet responded favorably to its request for the delivery of “Leopard 2” armored vehicles, heavy equipment with recognized technology.
Annalena Baerbock assured that the country will be able to count on the delivery of the weapons it needs “to free its fellow citizens who still suffer from the terror of the Russian occupation”. After long months of hesitation, Germany recently announced the deployment of 40 “Marder” armored infantry by spring.
But within the coalition of Olaf Scholz, the Greens, the party of Annalena Baerbock and the liberals demand the delivery of heavy combat tanks of the “Leopard” type. “I have no doubt that Ukraine will receive German ‘Leopard’ tanks, because the federal government knows deep down that it is necessary,” said Dmytro Kouleba.
System promised by Ottawa
To counter Russia’s massive bombing of critical Ukrainian infrastructure, Ukraine could benefit from an air defense system offered by Canada, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced on Tuesday.
This weapon, purchased from the United States, is the first NASAMS anti-aircraft system that Canada offers Ukraine, said Ottawa, who estimates the value of this offer at 406 million Canadian dollars (about 282 million francs). This missile system is in addition to the armour, howitzers, winter clothes and ammunition that Canada has provided Kyiv to help repel the Russian invasion.
Ukraine in Europe
The head of German diplomacy also indicated that she would like to discuss the process of joining the European Union to which the country aspires. Ukraine, along with Moldova, received EU candidate status in June. But several member state representatives had already warned them not to “be under illusions” about quick accession.
“It is important to me that we do not lose sight of Ukraine’s place in our European family, even in this warlike winter,” said Annalena Baerbock.
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