Struggle for main battle tanks for Ukraine    CIA chief on secret mission in Kyiv    Tuesday "hippie old soul"David Crosby is dead

Struggle for main battle tanks for Ukraine CIA chief on secret mission in Kyiv Tuesday "hippie old soul"David Crosby is dead

We start the news day with you and give you a quick overview of the morning’s most important topics.

What Ukraine needs NATO main battle tanks for: From the beginning of the war, the West was reluctant to supply modern main battle tanks of its own production. In recent weeks, however, that defensive front has crumbled. A summit in Germany today could bring an important decision. More on that.

The CIA director apparently held secret meetings in Kyiv: The director of the US foreign intelligence service CIA, William Burns, apparently exchanged views with Ukrainian President Zelensky during a secret meeting in Kyiv. Shortly before a US-led coalition meeting at US Air Force Base Ramstein, the US announced billions more in military aid. Current developments in the war in Ukraine in the live report.

A step in the right direction: The city government has made major announcements on the topic of climate protection. Now she has to deliver. However, one has to praise red-pink once, says Martin Stuhlpfarrer in the morning glosse.

Singer David Crosby dies: Became known as co-founder of the Byrds, later celebrated success with Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young: musician David Crosby died aged 81. Twice he was twice inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Read an obituary here.

Alec Baldwin has to go to court: Prosecutors want to press charges against actor Alec Baldwin after he was shot dead at a western filming, they announced yesterday after more than a year of investigations. Specifically, Baldwin is charged with negligent homicide following the death of camerawoman Halyna Hutchins. More on that.

Raw material treasure in Sweden: Mining group LKAB discovered one million tons of rare earths in Kiruna, Sweden. This discovery is ideal not only for Sweden, but also for the EU Commission and its proclaimed “Green Deal”. Our Brussels correspondent Oliver Grimm was in Kiruna and talks with business editor Matthias Auer about the market for green technologies and how Europe compares to the US and China – in the podcast.