Russia official warns countries supplying Ukraine with more powerful weapons risk their own destruction

The speaker of Russia’s parliament warned Sunday that countries supplying Ukraine with more powerful weapons risked their own destruction, a message that followed new pledges of armored vehicles, air defense systems and other equipment but not the battle tanks Kyiv requested. “Supplies of offensive weapons to the Kyiv regime would lead to a global catastrophe,” … Read more

France, Germany renew alliance strained amid war in Ukraine

PARIS (AP) — France and Germany committed Sunday to giving Ukraine “unwavering support” and to strengthen the European Union as they sought to overcome differences over defense, energy and economic issues on the 60th anniversary of their post-World War II friendship treaty. The German government’s entire Cabinet was in Paris for joint meetings with their … Read more

Germany Okays A Dozen Polish Tanks For Ukraine. Hundreds more could follow.

A Polish army Leopard 2. Wikimedia Commons In an important reversal, the German government this weekend signaled it would not try to stop the government of Poland from supplying German-built Leopard 2 tanks to the Ukrainian army. The go-ahead for a Leopard 2 transfer, uttered on French television by German foreign minister Annalena Baerbock, could … Read more

Scholz, Macron seek to reset fraught relations with big celebration – POLITICO

Press play to listen to this article Voiced by artificial intelligence. PARIS/BERLIN — German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and French President Emmanuel Macron will aim to reboot their problematic relations with a big ceremony on Sunday as shared frustration over a new US law helps them overcome differences. Paris and Berlin have been at odds in … Read more

Russian army launches ‘offensive operations’ in Zaporizhzhia

Issued on: 21/01/2023 – 13:36 The Russian army said Saturday its troops launched an offensive in Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia region, where fighting intensified this week after several months of an almost frozen front. Earlier in the day, defense ministers of the Baltic states of Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania urged Berlin to provide Kyiv with Leopard 2 … Read more

German caution on Ukraine arms rooted in political culture

BERLIN (AP) — Germany has become one of Ukraine’s leading weapons suppliers in the 11 months since Russia’s invasion, but Chancellor Olaf Scholz has also gained a reputation for hesitating to take each new step — generating impatience among allies. Berlin’s perceived foot-dragging, most recently on the Leopard 2 battle tanks that Kyiv has long … Read more

Time to join NATO? Moldova eyes joining ‘a larger alliance’ – POLITICO

Press play to listen to this article Voiced by artificial intelligence. DAVOS, Switzerland — Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is prompting soul-searching in neighboring Moldova about whether the country needs to shift away from its constitutionally-enshrined neutrality and lock itself into a “larger alliance.” When asked about potential NATO accession, Moldova’s President Maia Sandu said in … Read more

Inside the US and German standoff over sending tanks to Ukraine

Washington CNN — The Biden administration is stuck in a standoff with Germany over whether to send tanks to Ukraine ahead of a key meeting of Western defense leaders in Germany on Friday. In recent days, German officials have indicated they won’t send their Leopard tanks to Ukraine, or allow any other country with the … Read more

‘A whole new level’ of war if NATO arms Ukraine, Russia warns Russia-Ukraine war News

Russia is warning of an “extremely dangerous” escalation if NATO deploys heavy weapons such as battle tanks and long-range missile systems to Ukraine. The cautionary statement from the Kremlin on Thursday came before a key donor meeting as Western countries consider sending more powerful military equipment to Ukraine with Russian forces intensifying attacks to secure … Read more

Germany pressed on tanks for Ukraine; Kyiv airs frustration

BERLIN (AP) — Germany faced mounting pressure to supply battle tanks to Kyiv and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy aired frustration about not obtaining enough weaponry as Western allies conferred Thursday on how best to support Ukraine nearly 11 months into Russia’s invasion. Germany’s new defense minister, Boris Pistorius, welcomed US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin to … Read more