The NATO meeting takes place in Ramstein. While there is talk of arms deliveries to Ukraine, Russia reports military successes. The news marker.
- arms shipments: Before the Ramstein meeting, Zelenskyi once again reiterated his demands for heavy weapons.
- Meeting in Ramstein: the NATO meets in Ramstein to discuss the war in the Ukraine.
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+++ 4 p.m.: In addition to the fighting in eastern Ukraine, fighting on the southern front broke out again. The Russian Defense Ministry announced the capture of the village of Klishchiivka southwest of Bakhmut. Moscow said pro-Russian separatists had taken control of the village of Klishchiivka with the help of artillery and air support. The town, with around 500 pre-war residents, is southwest of Bakhmut, which could indicate Russia is trying to encircle the strategically important city. The Russian Defense Ministry also announced the “liberation” of the town of Lobkove in the Zaporizhia region.
“In the Zaporizhia direction, the intensity of military activities has increased significantly,” Vladimir Rogov, a Russian-appointed administration representative, said on the Telegram messaging service. “If we look at the front line, there is fighting everywhere right now,” he said, according to the Russian news agency. Novosti estuary.
Anti-aircraft system sighted near Putin’s residence
+++ 3:15 p.m.: Another anti-aircraft system, the fifth in the Russian capital, was sighted near the town of Zarechye in the Odintsovsky district of Moscow. The village is located just ten kilometers from the Novo-Ogaryovo residence of Russian President Vladimir Putin. This reports the news agency. ukrinform citing the opposition Telegram channel Sirena, which received the tip from a reader. Information cannot be independently verified.
An anti-aircraft vehicle can be seen in the 22-second video recorded on January 6. The reader explained that he discovered the system after being disturbed by a loud noise. According to his assumption, it is the “Pantsir S1” system.
No decision on the tank issue yet.
+++ 2:05 p.m.: At the meeting of defense ministers in Ramstein, a decision has not yet been made on the delivery of the “Leopard” main battle tanks. This was stated by Federal Defense Minister Boris Pistorius at the US air force base there. But this morning he ordered his ministry to audit the stock of Leopard tanks, Pistorius said.
+++ 2:00 p.m.: the former ukrainian Ambassador to Germany, Andriy Melnyk, has called on the federal government to drop its resistance to leopard shipments to Ukraine. “We call on the new Defense Minister Boris Pistorius to end this tank puppet show in Ramstein today and start handing over German leopards immediately,” Melnyk said on Friday. Sueddeutsche Zeitung on the sidelines of the Ramstein meeting.
Germany should no longer hide behind the backs of the Americans. “It is still not too late to show true leadership to unreservedly strengthen Ukraine with all available weapons of the Bundeswehr and the German defense industry,” she said. Melnyk is now his country’s deputy foreign minister.
+++ 1:25 p.m.: The Russian Defense Ministry has announced the capture of the village of Klishchiyivka on the southern outskirts of the small town of Bakhmut, which is considered to be of strategic importance. “In the Donetsk region, the village of Klishchiyivka was liberated by volunteer stormtroopers with the support of the air force, missile forces and artillery,” military spokesman Igor Konashenkov said in Moscow on Friday. The information could not be independently verified. Heavy fighting is currently taking place on the front lines in the Bakhmut area of eastern Ukraine.
Last week, the Russian side had already reported the capture of the city of Soledar north of Bakhmut. The Ukrainian government has yet to confirm the loss, but there are increasing indications. For example, one commander explained that the Russian army has a large part of the area under control. According to British intelligence, the Ukrainian army withdrew on Monday.
Russia reacts to Ramstein conference: tank deliveries “don’t change anything”
+++ 11.20 a.m.: Against the background of the meeting of the so-called Ukrainian contact group in Ramstein, the Kremlin expressed its confidence in the victory of Russia. Western tank deliveries “would not change anything” in Ukraine, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said in Moscow on Friday. The West has a “dramatic illusion” that Ukraine could succeed “on the battlefield.”
“The importance of such supplies should not be exaggerated in view of the ability to change something,” Peskov told reporters, referring to the debate over more military aid to Ukraine. “It will create more problems for Ukraine, but it will not change anything in terms of Russia’s progress towards achieving its goals,” Peskov added. The conflict in Ukraine is developing in an “upward spiral”.
+++ 11:00 a.m.: At the beginning of the Ukraine Contact Group meeting in Ramstein, US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin called for efforts to further intensify support for Ukraine to prevent Russian aggressive warfare. Ukraine’s fight against the Russian invasion is currently at a “defining moment,” Austin said Friday morning at the Ramstein US Air Force Base in Rhineland-Palatinate. So now is not the time to slack off.
“The Ukrainian people are watching us. The Kremlin is watching us. And history is watching,” Austin said, addressing the meeting. There is no doubt that “we will support the Ukrainian Self-Defense Forces for as long as it takes,” he added.
Ramstein Conference: USA with Urgent Appeal
+++ 10.20 a.m.: According to British military experts, the Russian mercenary group Wagner commands up to 50,000 fighters in Ukraine. This emerges from the daily intelligence update from the Ministry of Defense in London on Friday. Consequently, mercenaries have now become a “key component” in Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine.
This information could play a role in how NATO agrees further arms deliveries to Ukraine. Germany’s position is unclear.
Ramstein Lecture: Selenskyj loses patience – “Can you deliver leopards? Then give them to me here!”
First report on Friday, January 20, 7:30 a.m.: Ramstein – Today, Friday, the world is looking at the city of Ramstein in Rhineland-Palatinate. There a meeting of the western allies takes place. NATO countries will talk mainly about further arms deliveries for the Ukraine war. However, it is not clear if Germany a main battle tank delivery they will agree.
The President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky criticized in one of the ARD broadcast interview, the hesitation of the federal government in relation to the delivery of the tanks: “You are great people. You can talk like this for six months, but people die here, every day. “Then he added:” In simple language: can they deliver leopards or not? Then give them to me here!”
War in Ukraine: Selenskyj demands arms deliveries before Ramstein conference
“It’s not that we attack if someone is worried,” Zelenskyj continued. “These leopards will not cross Russia. We are defending ourselves.” At the same time, he underlined his gratitude for the military aid provided so far in the Ukrainian war: “We are grateful. I want everyone to hear this: we are grateful to Germany.”
Boris Pistorius, Germany’s new Defense Minister, which will also take part in the Ramstein meeting, was reticent about the much-discussed main battle tank deliveries. Germany will make a “sovereign decision” and at the same time referred to the chancellor Olaf Schölz and President of the United States Joe Biden, which, according to Pistorius, should finally clarify this question. However, he is sure “that we are going to make a decision on the matter in the next few days. But I can’t tell you today what it will look like, ”he said in the ARD focus.
Ramstein Conference: More Open Questions on German Arms Deliveries for Ukraine War
So while Germany remains undecided, both the US and Britain announced more military aid for the Ukraine war. The new foreign minister also left it open whether the federal government would also allow other countries to supply German-made “Leopard” tanks as part of the Ramstein conference: “That will become clear in the next few hours or tomorrow morning.” battle tanks of the “Leopard” type. The Bradley tank type also seems to be an option. So there are some questions ahead of the NATO meeting, mainly revolving around the German position on arms deliveries. (red with dpa/AFP)