Status: 01/20/2023 02:01
The United States wants to supply Ukraine with additional weapons worth $2.5 billion, including Bradley tanks. CIA Director Burns apparently met with President Zelenskyy last week.
Conference in Ramstein discusses more support for Ukraine
Defense ministers and senior military personnel from various countries will discuss continued support for Ukraine in the war against Russia starting at 10 am at Ramstein Air Base in Rhineland-Palatinate. The focus should be on the possible delivery of tanks to Kyiv. The new Minister of Federal Defense, Boris Pistorius (SPD), will also participate in the meeting.
US: More weapons worth $2.5 billion
The United States announces a new military aid package for Ukraine worth up to $2.5 billion. According to the US Department of Defense in a statement, 59 Bradley Fighting Vehicles and 90 Stryker Armored Vehicles are to be delivered to Ukraine.
The country is also scheduled to receive additional ammunition for its rocket launcher artillery systems (HIMARS), eight Avenger anti-aircraft systems, tens of thousands of artillery shells and around 2,000 anti-tank missiles. In all, the United States has pledged more than $27.4 billion in security assistance to Ukraine since the Russian invasion in February last year.
US official: CIA director was in Kyiv
CIA Director William Burns apparently visited Kyiv last week to meet Ukrainian President Zelenskyy. A US official who wishes to remain anonymous reported the visit.
Burns emphasized “Washington’s continued support for Ukraine” during the war. He is also said to have met with Ukrainian intelligence officials. The CIA director had repeatedly briefed Zelenskyy before and since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine last February, relaying US intelligence on Moscow’s war plans and intentions.
Zelenskyy: “If you can give ‘Leopard’ tanks, then give it to them”
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy looks at the hesitant German attitude towards the delivery of tanks with incomprehension: “You are adults. You can talk like that for six months, but people die here – every day,” Zelenskyy said in a interview with the ARD.
“I don’t think it’s time to negotiate. It’s time to survive,” said Volodymyr Zelenskyy, Ukraine’s president, in an interview with ARD