War Ukraine – Russia, last minute | Zelenski, before the key meeting of Ramstein: kyiv needs the Leopards to defend itself, not to attack Russia

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The defense ministers of Germany, the United States and other Western countries debate whether or not to deliver tanks to Zelensky

Cleaning of debris in the Dnipro residential building.ROMAN CHOP | PA

The meeting of those responsible for the defense of NATO and other allied countries at the United States base in Germany, in Ramstein, appears to be decisive for the kyiv government for the future development of the ukrainian war of which 329 days are fulfilled today. Hours earlier, the Ukrainian president, Volodomir Zelenski, declared that he expected “firm decisions”.

Berlin has veto power over any decision to export Leopard 2 main battle tanks and the government of Chancellor Olaf Scholz has so far been reluctant to authorize it by fear of provoking Russia. Moscow has repeatedly said that Western arms transfers would prolong the conflict and increase suffering. in Ukraine.

Until now, both Ukraine and Russia have relied mainly on the Soviet-era T-72 tanks, which have been destroyed by the hundreds during the war that Russian President Vladimir Putin launched on February 24, calling it a “special military operation” to protect Russia and Russian-speakers.

CIA director William Burns had a secret meeting in kyiv with Zelensky. New US military aid to Ukraine includes 59 Bradley Fighting Vehicles Y 90 Stryker armored personnel carriers and does not include tanks Abrams. Berlin said it would go ahead with Leopard tanks if Washington agreed to send Abrams tanks. The logistical challenge can make or break this armored offensive.

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