At the start of the meeting in Ramstein, Volodymyr Zelensky calls for urgent deliveries of arms. US Secretary of Defense pledges support to Ukraine.
Meeting of the Ukraine Contact Group in Ramstein
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky announced at the start of the Meeting of the so-called Ukraine contact group in Ramstein more urgency in the arms deliveries urged. The war started by Russia “allows no delay,” Zelenski said via video link on Friday morning at the meeting at the US Ramstein Air Force Base in Rhineland-Palatinate. Time remains “a Russian weapon”.
Zelensky thanked the participants of the meeting for the military aid they have already provided. But “Hundreds of thanks are not hundreds of tanks,” he added. “Thousands of words” would not help against Russian artillery, the Ukrainian president clarified. With the help of the allies, Ukraine could “actually win”.
Representatives of the NATO states and other countries supporting Ukraine will discuss further military aid for Ukraine in Ramstein on Friday. The meeting will be dominated by the debate on the possible supply of main battle tanks to Ukraine. Germany in particular is under pressure to give up its opposition to the delivery of Leopard tanks to Ukraine. (afp)
🐾 Novaya Gazeta Europe in the taz
Wagner mercenaries in Ukraine, opposition to the Putin regime – On Friday, the taz published an edition of the team of the Novaya Gazeta Europe released. the Novaya Gazeta is Russia’s oldest independent publication. After the start of the war of aggression against Ukraine, it was banned. The team of Novaya Gazeta Europe left the country to continue his work and to give a voice to those who will never accept the invasion.
This Friday, the taz publishes texts by Russian journalists about the first year of the war and its consequences for the world and for Russia, about the changes in the Russian population and about what the adjective “Russian” stands for today and in the future. You can read the texts online here.
Kremlin: Western tank supplies will ‘change nothing’ in Ukraine
Against the background of the meeting of the so-called Ukraine contact group in Ramstein, the Kremlin expressed its confidence in Russia’s victory. Western tank deliveries would “change nothing” in Ukraine, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said in Moscow on Friday. The West has a “dramatic delusion” that Ukraine could succeed “on the battlefield.”
“One should not exaggerate the importance of such supplies in view of the ability to change something,” Peskov told journalists, referring to the debate on further military aid to Ukraine.
“It will create more problems for Ukraine, but it will not change anything in terms of Russia’s advance towards achieving its goals,” Peskov added. The conflict in Ukraine is developing in an “upwards spiral”. (afp)
US Secretary of Defense – “Crucial moment for Ukraine”
US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin pledges all support to Ukraine as long as it is needed. Kicking off a meeting of the so-called Ukraine contact group at the US base in Ramstein, Austin said it was “a defining moment for Ukraine.” He points to another US package worth $2.5 billion to support Ukraine’s armed forces, which includes the delivery of 59 Bradley infantry fighting vehicles. US aid to Ukraine totaled $26.7 billion. (rtr/dpa)
🐾 Nuclear safety in Ukraine: IAEA sends mission to nuclear power plants
The nuclear regulatory authority sends experts to three nuclear power plants controlled by Ukraine. The goal: to guarantee safety. A text by taz author Anastasia Magasowa.
Finland is sending largest defense aid to Ukraine to date
Russia’s neighbor Finland is donating additional military equipment to Ukraine, estimated to be worth a good 400 million euros. This was decided by President Sauli Niinistö at the suggestion of the government of Prime Minister Sanna Marin, as the Ministry of Defense announced in Helsinki on Friday. According to Defense Minister Mikko Savola, the package contains heavy artillery and ammunition – exactly which goods the Finns generally keep secret.
This is the twelfth shipment the Nordic EU country is making to help Ukraine defend itself against the Russian attack. The new package is worth more than twice as much as all eleven previous ones combined. Finland, which, like neighboring Sweden, applied for NATO membership before the impact of the Ukraine war, shares a 1,340-kilometer border with Russia.
This Friday, the defense ministers of the western allies are meeting at the Ramstein US air base in Rhineland-Palatinate to discuss further arms deliveries to the war zone. (dpa)
Human rights activists: Russia destroys Khan’s palace in Crimea
Human rights activists have expressed concern about damage to the Crimean Tatar Khan’s Palace uttered in the city of Bakhchisaray. According to local media reports, the Russian administration on the occupied Crimean peninsula is gradually destroying the Unesco World Heritage site in the course of alleged renovation work, said the Eastern Europe expert at the Society for Threatened Peoples, Sarah Reinke, in Göttingen on Friday: “In the shadow of war, the Russians are destroying Occupiers wantonly cultural monuments of the indigenous Crimean Tatars. They want to underscore the false claim that Crimea has always belonged to Russia.”
The Khan Palace has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2003. According to the Society for Threatened Peoples, the oldest building complexes date back to the 16th century. As the ancestral seat of the monarchs of the Crimean Khanate, the palace was the political, religious and cultural center of the Crimean Tatars. The khanate ended with the Russian conquest of Crimea in 1783.
The Khan Palace is of unique value, Reinke added. He is representative of the history and culture of the Crimean Tatars, who have been systematically persecuted by the Russian occupiers since the annexation in 2014. The human rights organization demands that Crimean Tatar experts have access to the palace and inspect it together with UNESCO officials. (epd)