+++ News in the Ukraine war +++: Warsaw announces Leopard application

Poland wants to ask Germany for permission to deliver Leo battle tanks to Ukraine. The Russian commander is met with skepticism.

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Poland wants to ask Germany for permission to deliver Leopard

The Polish government wants to ask Germany for permission to deliver Leopard tanks to Ukraine. Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said on Monday. The head of government did not comment on when the request should be made. He stated that Poland was building a coalition of countries ready to send leopards. Morawiecki said that if Germany does not approve the delivery to Ukraine, Warsaw will make its own decisions.

German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock had previously said the German government would not block a Polish decision to supply Leopard main battle tanks to Ukraine. When asked about this statement, Morawiecki said it made sense to exert pressure. The words of the German minister are a spark of hope that Germany might even be able to participate in the coalition. (ap)

Accusation from Moscow: Ukraine stationed weapons in nuclear power plants

The Russian foreign intelligence service (SWR) accuses Ukraine of Western-supplied weapons to be stationed on the site of nuclear power plants to protect against destruction. Kiev’s calculus is that the Russian troops will not strike at the nuclear power plants because of the danger of a nuclear catastrophe, said the head of the foreign intelligence service, Sergey Naryshkin, in Moscow on Monday. Naryshkin claimed that there is credible evidence that Himar-type multiple rocket launchers and large-caliber artillery are housed there. The SWR data cannot be checked.

In the last week of December, railway wagons with the “deadly cargo” were brought to the Rivne nuclear power plant via the Rafalivka railway station in western Ukraine, it was said. SWR did not present any evidence.

Ukraine, on the other hand, accuses Russia of also stationing military technology on the site of the occupied Zaporizhia nuclear power plant. (dpa)

Allegations of corruption should be cleared up

The Ukrainian Ambassador to Germany, Oleksii Makeiev, has promised to clarify allegations of corruption against the Ukrainian Defense Ministry. “I am sure that everything that needs to be found will be found,” he said on Monday in the ZDF “Morgenmagazin”. He is also certain that “those involved will be punished and convicted”.

Reports emerged on Saturday accusing the MoD of contracting to procure food at prices two to three times higher than usual wholesale prices. According to the news website “zn.ua”, the contract in question has a volume of the equivalent of 325 million euros.

The ministry rejected the allegations: the food for the soldiers had been bought in accordance with “the procedure laid down by law”. At the same time, an internal audit of the purchasing of soldiers’ rations was announced. (afp)

Skepticism about Russian supreme commander in Ukraine

The new Russian supreme commander in Ukraine, Valery Gerasimov, met with skepticism in the troops and in Wagner’s private army, according to British estimates. The chief of staff attaches great importance to increasing discipline, the British Ministry of Defense said, citing intelligence information on Monday: “The prioritization of primarily small regulations should confirm the fears of his many skeptics in Russia. Along with Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, he is increasingly seen as out of touch and accused of relying on presentation over substance.”

Gerasimov is concerned about non-compliant uniforms, the use of mobile phones and civilian vehicles and haircuts that do not conform to the norm. “The measures are met with skeptical feedback. But the greatest mockery was for improving the standard of troop shaving,” the British ministry said. Both officials of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic and the head of Wagner’s private army, Yevgeny Prigozhin, had criticized the measures, it said.

The British Ministry of Defense has been publishing daily information on the course of the war since the beginning of the Russian war of aggression against Ukraine at the end of February last year, citing intelligence information. (dpa)

EU Council President: Use of confiscated assets

EU Council President Charles Michel urges confiscated property to be used by the Russian central bank for the reconstruction of Ukraine. Member states should examine the idea of ​​profitably managing the frozen funds, he says Financial Times. The profits made could then be used for reconstruction. It is a question of justice and fairness and must be done within the framework of legal principles.

The EU froze €300 billion in reserves at the Russian central bank in November as part of sanctions it imposed on Russia over its invasion of Ukraine. (rtr)

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