Cover image: A Polish Leopard tank maneuvers during a joint military exercise of Polish, American, French and Swedish troops in Nowogrod, Poland, May 19, 2022. WOJTEK RADWANSKI / AFP
If Poland decides to deliver Leopard tanks to Ukraine without German permission, Berlin will not objectannounced on Sunday January 22 the head of German diplomacy, Annalena Baerbock, in a interview granted to LCI. “I understood how important these tanks are, we are fully aware of that,” added Baerbock, who recently visited Kharkiv in northeastern Ukraine.
Poland and Finland have offered to deliver Leopards that they own, but they need official approval from Berlin for re-export.Germany also says it is waiting for a formal request from Poland. “For the moment, the question has not been asked, but if we were asked, we would not oppose it,” said the minister.“The decision depends on a lot of factors. and is taken to the chancellery, ”insisted for his part the new German Defense Minister, Boris Pistorius, in an interview with the ARD television channel, broadcast shortly after the interview with Annalena Baerbock.On Sunday, the Polish Prime Minister, Mateusz Morawiecki, once again stepped up to the plate, calling Berlin’s refusal to supply kyiv heavy tanks “unacceptable”. Poland has hinted that it could do without Germany’s authorization in the absence of a decision from Berlin.“Nothing is excluded” regarding the delivery of Leclerc tanks to Ukraine, says Emmanuel Macron. “As for the Leclercs, I asked the Minister of the Armed Forces to work there. Nothing is excluded and this is appreciated, in fact, collectively, ”said Mr. Macron on Sunday during a press conference with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz in Paris.The war left 180,000 dead or wounded in the Russian ranks, 100,000 on the Ukrainian side, according to the Norwegian army. General Eirik Kristoffersen, who was interviewed by the TV2 channel, did not specify on what basis these estimates were based. Russia and Ukraine have not come forward with reliable accounts of their losses for months. Mark Milley, chief of staff of the American army, had advanced in November the figure of 100,000 dead or injured for Russia and judged that Ukraine had “probably” suffered equivalent losses.France and Germany promise to support Ukraine “as long” as necessary in a joint press release, published Sunday at the end of a Franco-German council of ministers in Paris. Paris and Berlin specify that their assistance to Ukraine will focus in particular on the military and economic fields.A senior Ukrainian ministerial official, suspected of embezzlement, has been dismissed. “The cabinet of ministers of Ukraine orders the dismissal of [Vassyl] Lozynkiy as Deputy Minister of Community, Territory and Infrastructure Development of Ukraine,” Prime Minister Denys Chmyhal announced on Telegram on Sunday.Moscow says progress towards two towns in Zaporizhia Oblast. The Russian army is advancing towards two towns in the administrative region (oblast) of Zaporizhia (southern Ukraine), where clashes with troops from kyiv have intensified this week, an Israeli leader said on Sunday. regional occupation authority installed by Moscow.
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