Ukraine: still more arms deliveries to kyiv, which calls for tanks

European Council President Charles Michel and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in kyiv on Thursday, January 19, 2023. “Tanks must be delivered” to Ukrainians because “the next few weeks could be decisive” on the front, Charles said. Michael in Kyiv.

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This Friday, January 20, at the American military base in Ramstein, Germany, around fifty countries must agree on future arms deliveries to Ukraine.

Moscow has warned of an "escalation" if the West provides heavy weapons, but kyiv is asking for them to launch counter-offensives in the east and south of the country.


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We must stop trembling in front of Putin

 ”, insists the Ukrainian government. 


Against thousands of Russian tanks, the courage of our army and the motivation of our people are not enough

 ,” Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky told European Council President Charles Michel on a visit to Kiev on Thursday.

In the process, the United Kingdom announced the dispatch of 600 Brimstone missiles.

Sweden will donate long-range Archer guns to Ukraine, and Denmark 19 French-made Caesar guns.

But the crucial question is whether Germany will supply Leopard tanks to kyiv. 

Several European countries and Washington are putting pressure on Berlin, but according to several sources, Chancellor Olaf Scholz will only deliver heavy tanks if the United States does the same. 

However, Washington is not ready, in any case in the immediate future, to send its powerful Abrams battle tanks.

The fear is that Ukraine could use these weapons to strike deep into Russian territory or Crimean air and naval bases.

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