Charles MichelPresident of the European Council, discussed in kyiv with the President Volodímir Zelenski new “concrete measures” that the European Union can take to support Ukraine: “Certainly, a tenth package of sanctions will be necessary and, to be clear, we have to see what additional sectors may be targeted for sanctions in the future.”
Zelensky has insisted on the need for modern heavy tanks of Western design. Many of Ukraine’s allies have announced plans to increase their military support for kyiv this month, but long-range weaponry falls outside that aid for now. Michel affirmed that more progress can be made on the sanctions front against Russia.
Within hours of taking office, the new German Defense Minister, Boris Pistoriusreceived his American counterpart, Lloyd Austin. Pistorius took the opportunity to respond indirectly to Zelensky: “The German weapons systems delivered to Ukraine so far have proved their worth, for example howitzers, the Gepard tank or the latest generation Iris air defense system. Together with our partners we will continue to supporting Ukraine in its struggle for freedom, territorial independence and sovereignty.”
Swedish Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson has confirmed that Sweden will send the Archer artillery system as part of a new aid package, the 10th since Stockholm.
Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kalla He explains in this tweet that his aid exceeds 1% of his GDP. The new shipment includes The includes howitzers, grenade launchers and ammunition
Denmark and Estonia also approved new military heavy weapons packages.
The allies will hold the first meeting of the Ukrainian Defense Contact Group on Friday at the German Ramstein airbase.
The Kremlin has responded that supplying kyiv with weapons for attacks on Russian soil would take the conflict to a new level, and that even merely discussing arms deliveries to Ukraine is “extremely dangerous.”
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