War in Ukraine, live: Kiev’s allies failed to agree on delivery of heavy tanks

War in Ukraine, live: Kiev’s allies failed to agree on delivery of heavy tanks

Cover photo: A Leopard tank during a military exercise with Polish, French and American troops in Nowogard, Poland, May 19, 2022. WOJTEK RADWANSKI / AFP

  • Defense ministers and high-ranking military officials from around 50 countries are meeting at Ramstein Air Base in Germany on Friday. around the American Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin. Their talks will focus on coordinating assistance to Ukraine and supplying heavy armor and advanced anti-aircraft systems.
  • Several countries are expected to announce their intention to send Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine, assured the Lithuanian defense minister on Thursday and spoke of several hundred units. Finland already announced military aid of 400 million euros on Friday to Ukraine, which contains artillery and ammunition but no Leopard heavy tanks.
  • Several European countries announced the delivery of large quantities of military equipment to troops in Kyiv on Thursday: the United Kingdom will supply six hundred Brimstone missiles; the Denmark decided to donate all nineteen French-made Caesar long-range guns; the Sweden will deliver long-range Archer-pattern SPGs; and Estonia will send howitzers, ammunition and grenade launchers in particular.
  • The United States on Thursday announced a new tranche of military aid to Ukraine totaling $2.5 billion. This new envelope envisages sending armored vehicles, but not heavy tanks like the Abrams, which Washington is not yet ready to deliver to Kyiv, and justifies this refusal with maintenance and training issues.
  • “In the Zaporizhia direction, the intensity of hostilities has increased sharply”Vladimir Rogov, the head of the Moscow-appointed regional occupation authority in Zaporizhia, said in a telegram on Friday.
  • The United Nations have announced their first convoy of humanitarian aid had arrived near Soledar in eastern Ukraine on Friday.

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