An adviser to President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said the caution and slowness of decision-making on whether to send Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine is costing lives. Mykhailo Podoliak tweeted on Saturday his frustration with “global indecision” over arms supply to Ukraine: “Today’s indecision is killing even more of our people. Every day of delay is the death of Ukrainians. Think faster.
The Baltic States told Germany to send the tanks “now” in Ukraine after perceived as dragging its feet by the government in Berlin. Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs tweeted they are “necessary to stop Russian aggression”. The same tweet was posted by his Estonian and Lithuanian counterparts.
German Defense Minister Boris Pistoriusm said that despite heightened expectations “we still cannot say when a decision will be made., and what will be the decision, as far as the Leopard tank is concerned”. Germany said it was taking stock of its current tank count ahead of a possible decision.
About 50 countries agreed on Friday to supply Kyiv with billions of dollars worth of military equipmentincluding armored vehicles and ammunition needed to repel Russian forces.
A tearful Volodymyr Zelensky attended a memorial service Saturday to commemorate seven senior Interior Ministry officials killed in a helicopter crash on Wednesday, Reuters reported. Interior Minister Denys Monastyrskyi, his deputy and five others were killed when their helicopter crashed in fog into a crèche on the eastern outskirts of Kyiv. Including those on the ground, a total of 14 people were killed.
Agence France-Presse reported that the Russian army reportedly said that its troops had launched an offensive in the Zaporizhzhia region in southeastern Ukraine. Russian forces claimed to have taken “more advantageous lines and positions” in the assault.
A 17-year-old boy was injured by a Russian bombardment from Sumy region, Ukraine.
Friday’s Russian attacks killed one person in Kharkiv, three people in Donetsk and one person in Zaporizhzhia. Four were also injured in Kherson, according to Zelenskiy’s office.
The war in Ukraine is at an impasse, according to the British Ministry of Defence. In an intelligence update, he said there was a possibility of Russian advances around the heavily contested town of Bakhmut in the Donbass region, but little movement otherwise.
Near Kremina in the northeast, Ukrainian forces made small gains and defended against Russian counterattacks.