Ukraine, between frustration over German indecision and hope

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 Ukraine, between frustration over German indecision and hope

Ukraine prepares to repel a possible major Russian offensive and, at the same time, to recover occupied territories, between gratitude for the military aid of its Western allies and the frustration at the German indecision to deliver the “Leopard2” tanks< /strong>“.

The “There will be no tanks” emanating from the meeting on Friday at the US base in Ramstein (Germany) contrasts with other ideas expressed there, while a great Russian offensive and an opportunity to reinforce the Russian army are taking shape. Ukrainian military, says Olga Tokariuk, a Ukrainian political analyst.

“The decision not to give Ukraine tanks just as the war is entering its crucial phase, after that the Ukrainian forces managed to inflict several crushing defeats on Russia, is incomprehensible“, he wrote on Twitter. It becomes “very difficult to believe in the promises to support Ukraine 'as long as it takes'”, he adds, referring to that explicit commitment. I quote from the Western Allies.

Pressure on Bakhmut and German indecision

As both sides mobilize for full-scale offensives, the line of the front has been relatively stable in recent weeks, despite some Ukrainian advances near Kreminna, in the Luhansk province, and Russian moves in Soledar, near Bakhmut.

Yevgen, a Ukrainian National Guard officer, says pressure was put on her. The Russian army near Bakhmut has been relentless and that his unit urgently needs heavy weapons and other military equipment.

“Our motivation is very high, but we need tanks, we need more artillery, more rocket launchers, to prevent the enemy from getting so close to us and to save the lives of our exhausted soldiers,” he explained to Efe during one of the rare pauses between fighting.

Disappointment over indecision over tanks mainly affects Germany, whose authorization is needed before other countries that own Leopard 2 tanks can deliver them the Ukrainian army.

Ukrainian-German expert Andreas Umland notes that “while Germany has recently provided significant assistance to Ukraine, it also bears important historical responsibility for kyiv.” He argues that the Ukraine was devastated by German troops in 1941-1944 during World War II.

And that Berlin also helped the Ukraine. indirectly to Moscow, by maintaining his relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin after Russia annexed Crimea and instigated war in Donbas in 2014.

Ukrainian official position it is softer. His defense minister, Oleksiy Reznikov, revealed his In an interview with “Voice of America” ​​an agreement had been reached with unspecified countries for Ukrainian soldiers to begin their training with Leopard 2 tanks.

Affirmed the minister who He remains optimistic, expecting Germany to make a decision on the transfer of the tanks “calmly, after conducting its own internal consultations”.

Importance Leopard 2s

Volodimir Dubovyk, professor of International Relations at the Odessa National Mechnikov University, stresses that tanks are just some of the weapons Ukraine needs and that the increasing trend of military aid is positive.

“Other types of heavy weapons, which are now being supplied, are a very effective contribution to Ukraine's military capacity,” he explained to EFE.

In recent days several major military aid packages have been announced. Among them, one of 2,500 million US dollars and another of 1,000 million from Germany. Canada & Canada it will bring for their part, 200 armored vehicles, considered crucial on the battlefield.

Nine European countries (Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia, the United Kingdom, Poland, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Denmark and the Netherlands) pledged They will jointly provide tanks and other heavy weapons, with the goal of Ukraine achieving its victory on the battlefield in 2023.

Dubovyk believes that the debate on the “Leopard 2” will continue< /strong> and remember that earlier discussions of other weapons followed the same trajectory. “First they say that it is not possible to provide a specific weapon, but then the 'red lines' move,” he explained.

The country's president, Volodymyr Zelensky, underlined the need for a specific weapon. He said in his late-night speech on Friday that it was important that the promised weapons reach Ukraine as soon as possible and that further announcements about strengthening the country's defense would be made next week.