Zelensky gathers information in the East about the situation at the front
Kyiv Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has held his military briefing with the General Staff outside of the capital Kiev – according to his own statements for the first time. The briefing took place in the industrial city of Dnipro, where there are many armaments factories. Meanwhile, other weapons from the west, such as German Leopard tanks, were hitting the Ukraine that the country wants to use to reconquer the areas occupied by the Russians.
“We discussed the general situation in the front areas, strengthening and protecting our borders along the entire front – from the Kherson region to the Kharkiv region,” Zelensky said in his daily video address on Monday. He did not provide details about the results of the meeting.
The 45-year-old also visited Zaporizhia and the cities of Nikopol and Marhanets in the Dnipropetrovsk region, which are often exposed to Russian rocket attacks. “Today Russian rockets hit residential buildings in Zaporizhia,” said Zelensky. These went up in flames and were partially destroyed. He again accused Moscow of targeted terror against the civilian population. “But our soldiers, whom we visited in Zaporizhia today, know exactly what they need to drive the enemy out of our country.”
Leopard main battle tanks are in Ukraine
In particular, weapons are needed, as Selenski emphasizes again and again. In the meantime, the Ukrainian armed forces have also received 18 modern Leopard 2A6 main battle tanks from Germany to ward off the Russian attack. “Yes, we delivered the Leopard tanks as announced,” said Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) on Monday in Rotterdam. According to the Ministry of Defense in Berlin, ammunition and spare parts as well as two Buffalo-type armored recovery vehicles and the Ukrainian crews trained in Germany also arrived in Ukraine. In addition, 40 Marder infantry fighting vehicles are already in the country.
“Our tanks, as promised, arrived on time in the hands of our Ukrainian friends. I’m sure that they can do something important at the front,” said the defense minister Boris Pistorius (SPD). Together with Sweden and Portugal, the federal government has promised a battle group. Pistorius said: “To redeem that, Germany even delivered four more tanks than initially planned. You can rely on us!”
According to his ministry, the next step will be to deliver older Leopard 1A5 main battle tanks. These are currently being repaired by German industry. The tank repair is therefore financed by Germany, Denmark and the Netherlands. The aim is to provide the first 25 tanks by the summer, around 80 by the end of the year and to increase to at least 100 Leopard 1A5s in the course of 2024.
Kiev confirms receipt of German Marder armored personnel carriers
In addition to the Leopard tanks, Ukraine received other models from Western countries. “Today I had the honor of testing the new additions to our armed forces, the Challenger from the UK, the Stryker and Cougar from the US, and the Marder from Germany, together with the Chief of the Ukrainian Airborne Forces, Major General Maxim “Mike” Mirhorodski, and our paratroopers ‘ Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov announced on Monday Facebook-Page of his authority with. He was convinced that the new technology would “make good company on the battlefield” for previously delivered weapon systems.
Resnikov thanked for the western arms help. A year ago, such efforts by the partners would have been unthinkable. The entire “civilized world” is now resisting the Russian aggressor and will help Ukraine win, he wrote.
Selensky and Grossi visit Zaporizhia in southern Ukraine
On Monday, President Zelensky also visited a hydroelectric power station in Zaporizhia with the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Rafael Grossi. “The hydroelectric power station is an integral part of the system that maintains the nuclear safety of the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant,” Grossi wrote on Twitter. Selenski showed him damage to the dam.
The men also discussed measures to protect the nuclear power plant, which is under Russian control and is about 50 kilometers away. In the next few days, Grossi wants to travel to the Russian-occupied area around the shut down nuclear power plant in south-eastern Ukraine for the second time since the fall.
of Finland Nato-Joining draws near
Finland’s Prime Minister Sanna Marin thanked Hungary on Monday for ratifying the Finnish Nato-accession and also campaigned for the rapid admission of neighboring Sweden. “Finland’s and Sweden’s NATO membership strengthens the security of the entire alliance,” wrote the prime minister on Twitter shortly after the vote in the Hungarian parliament. It is “in everyone’s interest” that Sweden also becomes a member of the alliance before the next NATO summit in July.
This is how the Handelsblatt reports on the Ukraine war:
Earlier on Monday, 182 Hungarian MPs voted in favor of Finland’s admission to NATO and six against. Only Türkiye’s approval is still pending. After much hesitation, the government in Ankara recently announced that it no longer wanted to block Finland’s accession.
What will be important on Tuesday
This year’s “Summit for Democracy”, a virtual summit meeting launched by US President Joe Biden two years ago, at which Ukraine will also be represented, begins on Tuesday. The war is one of the main topics of the international summit.
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