Several NATO countries want to supply battle tanks to Ukraine. Moscow is not impressed. Meanwhile, Turkey wants to build a humanitarian corridor.
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- Visit to Berlin: The Prime Minister of Poland wants to hand over the Leopard 2 main battle tanks to the Ukraine speak.
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Update for Tuesday, January 17 at 8:40 am: An exchange of people is said to be imminent in the Ukraine war. According to Şeref Malkoç, Turkey’s ombudsman, there is an exchange list with about 800 people from the Ukrainian side and about 200 from the Russian side. Report Turkish CNN according to the Turkey open a “humanitarian corridor” for the wounded and the elderly, as well as for women and children. the turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan meanwhile he spoke with Russian President Vladimir Putin and again offered to mediate in the Ukraine-Russia talks.
Baerbock: Check Russian suspicion of genocide
+++ 18:20: The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Annalena Baerbock, has spoken in favor of examining the suspicion of genocide in the face of Russian attacks on Ukraine and its infrastructure. “In light of this brutality, in light of the war crimes and systematic crimes, in light of the crimes against humanity, we have to see to what extent this does not also take the form of genocide,” he said Monday. the green politician (January 16) during a joint appearance with the Dutch Foreign Minister, Wopke Hoekstra, in The Hague. He had previously met with representatives of the International Criminal Court.
Ukrainian soldiers have arrived in the US for Patriot training
+++ 17:20: As Germany continues to discuss the delivery of Leopard 2 main battle tanks to Ukraine, a new phase of US military support has begun. Around 100 soldiers from Ukraine have landed in the US to be trained on the system. of Patriot anti-aircraft missiles. that reports a foxnews-Reporter on Twitter. In addition to main battle tanks, the Patriot system is seen as a potential game changer in the Ukrainian war.
Tank deliveries to Ukraine: pressure grows on Germany
+++ 15:39: International pressure on Germany to supply main battle tanks to Ukraine is growing. Ahead of new talks on Western military aid, due to take place on Friday at the US base in Ramstein, several decision-makers commented on the cautious role of the federal government. Estonian Foreign Minister Reinsalu said on Estonian radio on Monday: “For Germany, the decision to provide offensive weapons carries particular political weight. But the paradigm has to change so that Ukraine can not only defend itself, but win.” advantage”.
NATO Secretary General Stoltenberg spoke with the handelsblatt in the subject. Asked if Germany needed to move now, he replied: “We are in a crucial phase of the war. We are experiencing fierce fighting. Therefore it is important that we equip Ukraine with the weapons it needs to win.” Poland’s Prime Minister Morawiecki also called on the federal government around Olaf Scholz to end the faltering action (see 11.27 am update).
+++ 13:02: In view of the planned delivery of main battle tanks to Ukraine, Russia is not impressed. “These tanks are burning and they will burn,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Monday (January 16). According to him, the long-discussed arms deliveries do not change anything about Russia’s military approach. “The military special operation will continue,” he said. The plans would “only prolong this story.” Until now, Great Britain and Poland had announced that they would supply tanks to Ukraine.
Dispute over tank deliveries: Morawiecki travels to Berlin for talks
Update for Monday, January 16 at 11:27 am: Poland’s Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki wants to make the delivery of Leopard main battle tanks to Ukraine a topic during his visit to Berlin. He confirmed it before leaving on Monday. The important thing is to stop doubting and focus on real support, he said. He wants to talk to representatives of various parties about this.
Poland had already announced last week that it wanted to deliver Leopard main battle tanks to Ukraine itself. However, Germany also plays a key role here, as military equipment is produced here. Morawiecki conceded that Berlin would therefore first have to approve a Polish handover to a third party.
First report on Monday, January 16 at 10:05 a.m.: Kyiv/Berlin: Pressure is growing on the federal government to deliver tanks to Ukraine. Only recently was France advances in the supply of armored personnel carriers, after which Germany followed suit. Now it is the British who are putting pressure on the other NATO partners. In just 14 weeks, Britain wants to send Challenger 2 main battle tanks to the war-torn country to fight against Russia Defend. Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said he wanted to “encourage allies” to launch their planned 2023 support for Ukraine “as soon as possible for maximum impact.”
Tanks for Ukraine: CDU politician calls for the return of Qatari tanks
In Germany, the discussion about the delivery of the Leopard 2 main battle tanks is further fueled by this initiative. Over the weekend, the Ukrainian ambassador, Oleksii Makeiev, urgently called on the federal government to start the relevant processes quickly. However, the Rheinmetall armaments group noted that it would take around a year to repair the old Leopard 2 tanks.
Therefore, the CDU foreign politician Roderich Kiesewetter is looking elsewhere for military equipment. He now demands the return of the tanks that were delivered by Germany to Qatar for use in the Ukraine, as he says. Sueddeutsche Zeitung said Monday. This is not the Leopard 2, but an anti-aircraft tank of the Qatar type. “The cheetah has proven itself in action,” Kiesewetter said. “We should do everything that can contribute to the victory of Ukraine” (vbu with dpa/afp)