European Council president visits Ukraine
The President of the European Council, Charles Michel, visited Ukraine on Thursday.
After paying his respects and laying a wreath on the Wall of Remembrance within the capital Kyiv, he held talks with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on what extra concrete measures Europe can take to assist the nation in its struggle with Russia.
Zelenskyy has repeatedly requested the West to offer heavy battlefield tanks to his navy, however Michel most popular, at the very least for the second, to pay attention extra on the sanctions entrance.
“Definitely, a tenth pack of sanctions will probably be wanted and to be clear we’ve got to see which further sectors may be focused sooner or later,” stated Michel.
US defence secretary visits Germany
On the identical day, Germany’s new defence minister Boris Pistorius welcomed his US counterpart Lloyd Austin in Berlin.
The 2 are because of attend the primary assembly of the Ukrainian Defence Contact Group on Friday 20 January at Ramstein Air Base in Germany.
He is coming underneath growing strain from allies to present the inexperienced gentle for German-made Leopard 2 tanks to be despatched to Ukraine, however as but he is steered away from giving a direct reply.
“German weapons techniques delivered thus far to Ukraine have confirmed their price for instance howitzers, Gepard or the state-of-the-art Iris air defence system,” stated Pistorius forward of the assembly. “Along with our companions, we are going to proceed to assist Ukraine in its struggle for freedom, territorial independence and sovereignty.”
The Swedish authorities will ship Archer Artillery System
Elsewhere, the Swedish authorities has introduced it would ship the Archer artillery system as a part of a brand new, tenth, assist bundle for Ukraine.
Estonia to ship heavy weapons
And on Twitter, the Estonian Prime Minister, Kaja Kallas, introduced her nation is to ship its largest bundle of heavy weapons thus far to Ukraine, together with howitzers, grenade launchers and ammunition.
Russia says supplying Kyiv with weapons that may strike on Russian soil would deliver the battle to a brand new degree, and even discussing this can be very harmful says the Kremlin.