Volodymyr Zelensky has intensified calls for the Ukrainian army to be supplied with heavy tanks and urged “resolve and speed” in decision-making by Western allies. Speaking to a large crowd at the World Economic Forum in Davos by video link on Wednesday, the Ukrainian president warned that “tyranny exceeds democracy”.
NATO countries set to announce new ‘heavier weapons’ for Ukraine, said the leader of the alliance. Many of Ukraine’s allies will meet at the Ramstein military base in Germany on Friday, including all 30 NATO members. “The main message will be more support and more advanced support, heavier weapons and more modern weapons,” said Jens Stoltenberg, secretary general of the alliance. This month, Britain pledged Western heavy tanks and the United States promised to send its powerful Bradley armored fighting vehicles, while France offered its highly mobile AMX-10 RC.
The European Union chief also spoke out in favor of the West supplying Ukraine with tanks. “We, the EU, will continue to support them for as long as necessary,” Charles Michel, President of the European Council, said on Wednesday. “Now is the time – they urgently need more equipment and I am personally in favor of supplying tanks to Ukraine.”
german chancellor avoided engaging in the supply of Leopard 2 tanks to ukraine. Olaf Scholz did not mention the Leopard tanks when asked by a Ukrainian delegate “why the reluctance” to approve their re-export at the Davos summit. The German leader said his country was “strategically interdependent” with the United States, France and other “friends and partners”, and that any decision on weapons must be part of a collective effort to help the Ukraine to win the war. The Sueddeutsche Zeitung newspaper later reported that Scholz had spoken with US President Joe Biden and “made it clear that Germany could only bow to pressure to deliver if the US delivered battle tanks Abrams”. The United States was not ready to supply the advanced Abrams tanks to Ukraine, a senior Pentagon official said Wednesday, citing maintenance and training difficulties.
Canada announced it would donate 200 armored personnel carriers to Ukraine. Moving came during a visit to Kyiv by Canadian Defense Minister Anita Anand. Zelenskiy thanked the Canadian people and their Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, “on this difficult day.”
Bulgaria helped Ukraine survive Russia’s early attack in secretly supplying him with large amounts of desperately needed diesel and ammunition, the politicians said. Bulgaria’s former prime minister Kiril Petkov and finance minister Assen Vassilev said their country – one of the EU’s poorest members and long seen as pro-Moscow – supplied 30% of Soviet-caliber ammunition needed by the Ukrainian army during a crucial three-month period. spring, and sometimes 40% diesel.
The Polish President warned that Russia could plan a new offensive in the coming months, calling on countries to provide Ukraine with “weapons, weapons, weapons”. Andrzej Duda told delegates at the World Economic Forum in Davos that Russia is still strong and more action is needed to support Ukraine, saying current aid levels are insufficient.
Volodymyr Zelenskiy wrote a letter inviting Chinese leader Xi Jinping for talks, which was handed over to the Chinese delegation in Davos, said the Ukrainian leader’s wife, Olena Zelenska. “It was a gesture and an invitation to dialogue and I very much hope that there will be a response to this invitation,” she told reporters on Wednesday. China has sought to position itself as neutral in the war, while deepening its ties with Moscow.
Ukraine reported intense fighting overnight in the east of the country, where both sides have suffered huge losses for few gains in intense trench warfare over the past two months. Ukrainian forces repelled attacks in the eastern town of Bakhmut and the nearby village of Klishchiivka, the Ukrainian military said. Russia has focused on Bakhmut in recent weeks, claiming last week to have taken the mining town of Soledar on its northern outskirts. “We notice a gradual increase in the number of bombing opportunities and attempted offensive actions by the occupiers,” Zelenskiy said in his latest address.
Vladimir Putin said he had “no doubt” that Russia’s victory in Ukraine was “inevitable”. He announcement that the Russian military-industrial complex was increasing its production during a visit to a factory in Saint Petersburg. In a separate speech, the Russian president also claimed that Moscow’s actions in Ukraine were intended to stop a “war” that had been raging in eastern Ukraine for many years. Both Ukraine and the West have dismissed Putin’s stated goals of demilitarizing and “denazifying” Ukraine as a pretext for a war of choice and unprovoked aggression.
Four people were arrested by Moscow police at a makeshift memorial dedicated to the victims of Saturday’s deadly missile strike on a residential building in the Ukrainian city of Dnipro, according to a report. People began to place flowers in front of the statue of Ukrainian writer Lesya Ukrainka in a “spontaneous memorial to the victims of the missile attack in Dnipro”, independent Russian human rights monitor OVD-Info said.