The United States appears poised to begin a process that will eventually send dozens of M1 Abrams battle tanks to the UkraineAmerican media reportedin a twist that could have significant implications for Kyiv’s efforts to push back Russian forces.
The move follows reports on Tuesday that Berlin had bowed to massive international and domestic pressure and was prepared to announce that will send German-made tanks to Ukraineand to allow other countries to do the same.
The decision is expected to be made officially on Wednesday and the Chancellor of Germany, Olaf Scholzto be questioned in the Bundestag morning in a debate likely to be dominated by the tank decision.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said he was confident the alliance would find a solution soon after a meeting with Germany’s defense minister. “At this pivotal moment in the war, we need to provide heavier and more advanced systems to Ukraine, and we need to do it faster,” Stoltenberg said.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said on Tuesday that Kyiv needs allies to decide whether to supply advanced tanks to bolster the country’s defenses against Russia. Zelensky said the question is not about five, 10 or 15 tanks, as Ukraine’s needs are greater, but about reaching final decisions on actual deliveries. “When the necessary important decisions are made, we will be happy to thank you for each important decision,” Zelensky said.
In Ukraine, fifteen senior officials left their posts since Saturday, six of whom have been accused of corruption by journalists and Ukraine’s anti-corruption authorities. Ukraine’s deputy chief of staff, Kyrillo Tymoshenko, said on Tuesday that he had asked Zelensky on Monday to relieve him of his duties as part of a wave of government resignations and firings.
Deputy Defense Minister Vyacheslav Shapovalov, in charge of supplying the troops with food and equipment, also resigned. citing “media allegations” of corruption that he and the ministry said were unfounded. Deputy Prosecutor General Oleksiy Simonenko was removed from his post and two deputy ministers resigned from Ukraine’s Ministry of Community and Territorial Development.
Five regional governors are also removed from power: Valentin Reznichenko from Dnipropetrovsk, Alexandra Starukha from Zaporozhye, Alexey Kuleba from Kyiv, Dmytro Zhivitsky from Sumy and Yaroslav Yanushevich from Kherson. Kherson and Zaporizhia are two of the regions of Ukraine that the Russian Federation claims to annex.
The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists set the doomsday clock, intended to illustrate the existential risks to the world, at 90 seconds to midnight, the closest the clock has ever been to midnight since it was first introduced in 1947. This is “largely” due to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, they said.
Ukraine has sufficient reserves of coal and gas for the remaining winter months despite repeated Russian attacks on its energy system, Prime Minister Denis Schmihal said.
Finland’s Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto has signaled a possible pause in discussions with Turkey over Finland’s ambitions to join NATO alongside Sweden. which he says is due to the pressure from the upcoming elections in Turkey.
Supporters of jailed Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny rallied for a protest in Berlin on Tuesday to highlight the prison conditions in Russia where he was held.
Russia has no plans to rebuild the Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol which were heavily bombed in the early weeks of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine last year.
Russian football officials met their UEFA counterparts on Tuesday as they tried to negotiate Russia’s return to international football in Europe. He has been banned by UEFA and FIFA since the invasion of Ukraine.
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