Dhe Ukraine will, according to NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg get heavier weapons to fight against Russia. From the meeting of the Ukraine contact group at the Ramstein US base in Rhineland-Palatinate on Friday, the message will go out that there will be “more ongoing support, heavier weapons and more modern weapons”. It is a fight for one’s own values and democracy.
Stoltenberg left it open whether there would be announcements about the delivery of Leopard 2 tanks. It is also conceivable that the Norwegian was alluding to the fact that Great Britain wants to provide Ukraine with 14 Challenger 2 battle tanks.
Kyiv investigates helicopter crash
After the death of the Ukrainian Interior Minister Denys Monastyrskyj and 13 other people in a helicopter crash, the background is still unclear. He had commissioned the secret service to investigate, said the President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in a video address on Wednesday evening.
Meanwhile, the international debate over possible main battle tank supplies is picking up on the one being attacked by Russia Ukraine keep driving up. And the United States is worried about a joint maneuver by Russia and its ally Belarus.
Zelenskyy: “Great loss for the state”
Monastyrskyj and Deputy Interior Minister Yehwhenij Jenin, who was also killed, are not politicians who “can easily be replaced”. “It’s really a great loss for the state.”
Among the dead in the crash, which took place on Wednesday morning in a residential area near a kindergarten near the capital Kyiv according to the latest information, is also a child.
The type of helicopter used airbus H225 is not considered particularly reliable. Against the background of the Russian war of aggression, against which Ukraine has been defending itself for almost eleven months, shooting down or sabotage was not ruled out.
Reports: USA prepare extensive arms shipments
According to reports, the USA is preparing new large arms deliveries to the Russia attacked Ukraine. The news portal “Politico” reported, citing informed circles, that the United States is considering, among other things, the delivery of Stryker-type wheeled armored personnel carriers. Wheeled infantry fighting vehicles are used, for example, for reconnaissance and transport and are intended to offer a high level of protection against attacks. The US is not currently expected to approve deliveries of its own Abrams main battle tanks, the report said. The reason is the extensive maintenance and training on the battle tank. There was initially no official confirmation of this.