Delivery of tanks to Ukraine: Warsaw ready to do without Berlin's endorsement | War in Ukraine
Access to such devices would represent a considerable gain for kyiv and its soldiers.
Warsaw may donate 14 Leopard tanks to kyiv.
Poland warned on Monday that it was ready to do without approval from Berlin, which has “not yet” made a decision on delivering German-made Leopard tanks to Poland. ;Ukraine, where Russian forces continue to claim small advances on the ground.
In this context, the European Union has announced that it is granting 500 million #x27;additional euros to supply armaments to kyiv and that it allocated 45 million euros for the training of Ukrainian soldiers on EU territory.
The German government appears for its part divided on the question of the delivery of heavy tanks. So far evasive, Chancellor Olaf Scholz, to whom it is ultimately up to decide, finds himself under ever-increasing pressure on Monday, after the head of diplomacy Annalena Baerbock ruled the day before that Germany was ready to allow Warsaw to supply these tanks to kyiv.
Under German law, a country with German military equipment must seek the green light from Berlin to transfer it to a third country.
We will ask for such an agreement but it&# x27; is a secondary issue, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki reacted on Monday. Even if we don't get their agreement (from the Germans), we will give our tanks to Ukraine as part of a small coalition, even if Germany does not. not part.
Poland, ready to send 14 Leopards to kyiv, is in discussions with about fifteen states on this subject, many European armies having such armored vehicles, likely to have a significant impact for the Ukrainians in the face of the roller -compressor of the Russian troops.
We need (…) several hundred tanks, hammered the chief of staff of the Ukrainian presidency Andriï Yermak, at a time when the Russians are on the offensive, especially in eastern Ukraine.
On Sunday evening, Annalena Baerbock said that Germany was ready to allow Poland to supply Leopards. If we were asked the question, we would not oppose, dropped the environmental minister, who governs in coalition with the Social Democrats of Olaf Scholz and the Liberals. But, for now, the question has not been asked by Warsaw.
The next day, Steffen Hebestreit, the German Chancellor's spokesman, clarified his position: The Federal Government does not rule out the delivery of Leopard tanks, it has not yet decided whether to do so now.
Fear of a military escalation with Moscow and Berlin's reluctance to assume leadership in the Western camp are driving, analysts say, the; Germany to hesitate on sending these weapons.
Chancellor Olaf Scholz appears hesitant to allow his allies to send German-built tanks to Ukraine.
On the ground, Russian artillery fire killed a civilian on Monday in Antonivka, a village in the southern region of Kherson, deplored its governor, Yaroslav Yanushevich.
The day before, a leader of the local occupation authority installed by Moscow had claimed that the Russian army was advancing towards two localities in the Zaporizhia region, also in the south, where clashes with kyiv troops stepped up this week.
One of the main leaders of the separatists in eastern Ukraine, Denis Pushilin, meanwhile displayed himself in Soledar, a small town which Moscow claimed to have taken over more than 100 years ago. ;a week, confirming Monday on Russian television that it had been destroyed by the fighting.
For the Russian army, the conquest of this city is a step with a view to encircling Bakhmout, which Moscow has been trying to conquer since the summer and where the two sides are engaged in a fierce battle. According to Mr. Pushilin, the fighting is intensifying there and the Russian soldiers are advancing.
Ukraine has so far not officially acknowledged the loss of Soledar, saying it continues to fight in its western part. As of Monday, the regional administration was under active hostilities near Bakhmout and Soledar, without further details.
Pro-Russian separatists further announced that they had seized two nearby villages, Krasnopolivka and Dvoretchie.
And shells fell in the center of Vorozhba, a locality in the northern region of Sumy, where an apartment building was directly hit and a railway line damaged, according to Ukrainian regional authorities.+
On the diplomatic front, South Africa, criticized for its neutral position refusing to condemn Moscow since the start of the war in Ukraine, reached a new milestone on Monday by claiming to be a friend of Russia.
Estonia will for its part expel the Russian ambassador, a measure of reciprocity after a similar decision taken a few hours earlier by Moscow towards the Estonian ambassador.
Russians and Westerners have multiplied the expulsions of diplomats in recent years and more since the Russians launched their offensive against Ukraine on February 24, 2022.
But this is the first time that embassies urs have been sent back to their country since the beginning of the war.
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