Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said his government expected “strong decisions” from defense leaders from NATO and other countries meeting on Friday to discuss strengthening Ukraine’s ability to confront Russian forces with modern battle tanks.
A group of 11 NATO countries has pledged a series of new military aid to Ukraine, ahead of a crucial arms meeting for Kyiv in Germany on Friday. Aid from countries including Britain, Estonia, Latvia and Poland will include dozens of Stinger air defense systems, S-60 anti-aircraft guns, machine guns and training, according to a statement.
The United States announced $2.5 billion in new arms and ammunition for Ukraine. The package includes 90 Stryker armored personnel carriers, an additional 59 Bradley infantry fighting vehicles, Avenger air defense systems, and munitions large and small, according to a Pentagon statement.
CIA Director William Burns recently traveled secretly to the Ukrainian capital to meet with President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, a US official told Reuters on Thursday. “Director Burns traveled to Kyiv, where he met with Ukrainian intelligence counterparts as well as President Zelenskiy and reinforced our continued support for Ukraine and its defense against Russian aggression,” the official said. American, who declined to be identified or say when the visit took place. .
Britain plans to send 600 Brimstone missiles to Ukraine support the country in its fight against Russia, announced Defense Minister Ben Wallace. Speaking at a meeting with other defense ministers at the Tapa military base in Estonia, Wallace described a previously announced military support package for Ukraine, including the dispatch of Challenger tanks. “We are here for the long term” he said.
Swedish government announcement a new military aid program for Ukraine which will include armored infantry fighting vehicles and the Archer artillery system. Poland said it was sending S-60 anti-aircraft guns with 70,000 rounds and was ready to donate a company of German-made Leopard 2 tanks, “pending (a) broader coalition ” from Leopard donors.
Lithuanian Defense Minister Arvydas Anušauskas said several countries would announce the shipment of Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine. during Friday’s meeting of defense ministers at Ramstein Air Base in Germany. The total number of armored vehicles pledged at tomorrow’s meeting would be in the hundreds, Anušauskas told Reuters.
Estonian Defense Minister Hanno Pevkur announcement his country will send military equipment to Ukraine for 113 million euros in its latest support package.
Denmark announcement it will donate 19 French-made Caesar howitzer artillery systems in Kyiv.
US and German defense ministers met on Thursday as Berlin faces pressure to allow the transfer of German-made Leopard tanks to Ukraine. The meeting between Lloyd Austin and Boris Pistorius came as a German government source told Reuters that Berlin would allow Leopard tanks to be sent to Ukraine to aid its defense against Russia if the United States agreed to send its own tanks. But US officials have publicly and privately insisted that Washington has no plans to send US-made tanks to Ukraine at this time, arguing they would be too difficult to maintain for Kyiv and would require a huge logistical effort to operate simply.
A German government spokesman said he had Still to be received a request from any country for permission to re-export German-made tanks to Ukraine. Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki has signaled he may send Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine as part of a broader coalition even without German approval. “Consent is of secondary importance here, either we will get that consent quickly or we will do it ourselves,” Morawiecki said.
The Kremlin said Russia would achieve its goals in Ukraine “one way or another” and the sooner Kyiv accepts his demands, the sooner the conflict will end. The Kremlin has repeatedly said Russia is ready to end military operations if Ukraine meets its demands, but Moscow has not publicly spelled out the details of its negotiating position or what it expects from Kyiv. to end hostilities.
The head of the UN’s nuclear watchdog, Rafael Grossi, says he fears the world is becoming complacent about the dangers posed by the Russian-controlled Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant. Grossi, speaking to reporters in Kyiv, said a nuclear accident can happen any day and reiterated that the situation at the factory was very precarious.
Moldova has air defense systems requested of its allies in an effort to bolster its capabilities as the war in neighboring Ukraine continues, said its president, Maia Sandu. Moldovan spy chief Alexandru Musteata last month warned of the “very high” risk of a new Russian offensive in his country’s east and said Moscow was still aiming to secure a land corridor across Ukraine to the breakaway Moldovan region of Transnistria.
A Swedish court sentenced two brothers to prison for espionage for Russia and its GRU military intelligence service for a decade. Peyman Kia, 42, of Iranian origin, was sentenced to life, while his younger brother, Payam Kia, was sentenced to nine years and 10 months.