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Vladimir Putin (M), Dmitry Medvedev (l) and Parliament Speaker Vyacheslav Volodin (R), Lower House of the Russian Parliament.  (archive image)
Vladimir Putin (M), Dmitry Medvedev (l) and Parliament Speaker Vyacheslav Volodin (R), Lower House of the Russian Parliament. (File image) © Alexander Zemlianichenko/dpa

Defense Minister Pistorius wants to prepare possible deliveries of main battle tanks. Moscow warns of a “disaster”. News ticker about war diplomacy in the Ukrainian war.

Update of January 22 at 19:10: Green Party leader Omid Nouripour is urging the federal government to take a quick stand on requests from other countries to deliver tanks to Ukraine. If there is a request for a delivery permit from the European Union states, “they deserve a quick response,” Nouripour said Sunday evening on ARD’s “Berlin Report.” At the same time, he stressed the importance of international coordination on the issue of arms deliveries.

Ukraine-News: Zelenskyj stresses the importance of his country’s membership in NATO

Update from January 22 at 16:25: Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has once again strongly advocated for his country to join NATO to protect it from Russian aggression. In a meeting with former British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Zelenskyy called alliance membership the “best security guarantee” for the country, the head of the presidential office, Andriy Yermak, said.

It is important to actively promote the goal of NATO membership. According to Yermak, Zelenskyy and Johnson also discussed Ukraine’s proposed peace summit. A date for such a meeting has not yet been set. In a video posted by Zelenskyy on Telegram in Kyiv, Johnson emphasized that he had come to help the country in difficult times. The politician had previously visited the kyiv suburbs of Bucha and Borodjanka, where Russian troops are accused of the most serious war crimes.

Ukraine-News: Italy and France help Ukraine with Samp/T

Update from January 22 at 15:35: According to the Italian Foreign Minister Antonio Tajani, Italy and France will make the Samp/T air defense system available to Ukraine. “In cooperation with France, we are in the process of finalizing the delivery of Samp/T,” Tajani told the newspaper. Corriere della Sera. Initially he did not give any schedule. Samp/T is an air defense system jointly developed by France and Italy. The system, including the missile launcher, is mounted on trucks. Before Kyiv can get it up and running, Ukrainian soldiers would likely have to be trained on the system.

Former Prime Minister Boris Johnson Travels to Ukraine Unannounced

Update of January 22 at 13:32: Boris Johnson went to Ukraine. The former British prime minister turned up “unannounced” in the kyiv suburbs of Borodyanka and Bucha on Sunday morning (January 22), among others. The Telegraph informed. Johnson is expected to be Prime Minister of Ukraine as well. Volodymyr Zelensky in Kyiv, and observers see this as an attempt to undermine Rishi Sunak’s influence on British foreign policy, the British newspaper continued.

In addition to the photos, a video is also circulating online that allegedly shows Johnson visiting a church in Bucha under police protection. Bucha became a symbol of Russian atrocities in the Ukrainian war.

Update January 22 at 11:11 am: The Federal Ministry of Defense does not want to become one mirror– Express report, according to which months ago a detailed list of Leopard main battle tank stocks gift. “We do not comment on the reports,” a ministry spokeswoman told the AFP news agency.

She also referred Pistorius pronouncements in one bamS-Interview. to the so far lost German main battle tank deliveries. “In order to be well prepared for possible decisions, I have instructed my house on Friday to review everything so that we do not waste time unnecessarily,” the new defense minister said.

Battle tanks for Kyiv: the head of the Russian parliament warns of a “disaster”

Meanwhile, the head of the Russian parliament, Vyacheslav Volodin, has warned of a possible “tragedy of global proportions” if main battle tanks are sent to Ukraine. “The delivery of offensive weapons to the kyiv regime leads to a global catastrophe,” Volodin wrote on Telegram. Russia will use even “more powerful weapons” if the US and NATO states supply Kyiv with weapons that could be used to recapture territory.

Nuclear power Russia had always declared that it would also “defend” the incorporated regions with all means at its disposal. “Arguments that nuclear powers have not used weapons of mass destruction in local conflicts in the past are untenable,” Volodin said.

Training of Ukrainian soldiers: Hofreiter demands training on Leopard tanks “right now”.

Update January 22 at 9:01 am: “Right now”: In view of the non-delivery of Leopard battle tanks to Ukraine, Anton Hofreiter insists that Ukrainian soldiers be trained on the tanks. In Ramstein, Germany “made a significant mistake and therefore lost more face”, the Green politicians said. spark – spark-Newspapers. The Leopard 2 is “a crucial support that Germany can offer,” he said.

Ramstein's conference produced many critical voices.
Ramstein’s conference produced many critical voices. © Boris Roessler / dpa

First report of January 22: Berlin – In the Ukrainian conference in Ramstein As of Friday (January 20), Germany had still not decided to deliver main battle tanks to the war zone, despite considerable pressure from its allies. The federal government has not yet issued any delivery permits to other countries for the tanks produced in Germany.

Pistorius talks about trip to Ukraine: “Within the next four weeks”

The new Secretary of Defense still has urgent plans: “What is certain is that I will travel quickly to Ukraine. Probably even within the next four weeks,” Boris Pistorius said now. Image on Sunday (BamS). He took office on Thursday (Jan 19).

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Defense Minister Boris Pistorius (SPD) © Michael Kappeler/dpa

Asked when the decision on Leopard tanks for Ukraine would be made, he said: “We are in a very close dialogue on this issue with our international partners, most notably with the United States.” The SPD politician gave instructions to his house on Friday to “review everything so far so as not to waste time unnecessarily if the worst becomes worse.”

“Turning point” also in the Bundeswehr: Pistorius wants to set the course

Asked what his goal was for the troops, Pistorius said: “Germany is the largest economy in Europe, so it should also be our goal to have the strongest and best-equipped army in the EU.” years to do it, it would take a few more years. “My job now is to set the course for the tipping point to succeed.”

Pistorius named three central tasks that now need to be implemented quickly and simultaneously: the acquisition of weapons and equipment, the modernization of barracks, and the recruitment of personnel. “Y: The troops need to feel that you trust them and are grateful for what they do.” (dpa/frs)

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