The Russian invasion of Ukraine lasts for 333 days. The Russian army continues its offensive near Bakhmut, in the Donetsk region and in the Zaporizhia region. Ukraine is waiting for the delivery of Leopard tanks by Western allies, but Germany, the manufacturer of this equipment, still does not agree. The new defense minister of our western neighbors, Boris Pistorius, plans to visit Ukraine soon. Here are the highlights of the last hours.
> General Staff of the Armed Forces Ukraine he said that the Russian side continued offensive operations near Bakhmut, in the Donetsk and Zaporizhia regions, engaging additional air forces. “It cannot be said that there is a large offensive. These are small groups of about ten people that the enemy has thrown in to test the strength of our defenses,” it said.
According to the assessments of the Ukrainian military Russia tries to improve its position in the vicinity of Zaporozhye. However, “more active” moves by Russia are not ruled out, as it has accumulated “certain forces” in the region.
> The representative of the Ukrainian military intelligence (HUR) Andriy Yusov said on Saturday that there is currently no threat from Belarus full-scale land operation and its participation on the side of Russia, the Kyiv Independent portal wrote. The Ukrainian military assessed that raising this topic is part of Russia’s information and psychological strategy towards Ukraine.
> The new defense minister German Boris Pistorius plans to visit Ukraine soon. – What is certain is that I will soon go to Ukraine. Probably even in the next four weeks, Pistorius said in an interview with Bild am Sonntag published on Sunday. A German newspaper pointed out that Berlin was under pressure to agree to the shipment of German tanks to Ukraine. Earlier on Saturday, Germany’s finance minister Christian Lindner called on the new chief defense minister to investigate further German aid to Ukraine.
> He spoke on Saturday about the delivery of Leopard tanks to Ukraine in “Fakty po Faktach” on TVN24 Marcin Przydacz, head of the Presidential Office of International Policyj. – At that moment, Poland decided that such a coalition must be created – said Przydacz about the announcement by the president Andrzej Duda supply of tanks, but only within the framework of an international coalition. Although “Germany is not in this coalition yet”, the TVN24 guest announced diplomatic steps to change this state of affairs. “Everyone is in favor, so far Berlin is against,” he concluded.
> Ukraine’s ambassador to Germany, Oleksiy Makeev, stressed that his country needs German tanks. – We don’t have time to check, ponder and hesitate. What we need: decisions, training and coordinated deliveries. Immediately, he told the dpa agency on Saturday. Makeev expressed disappointment with the outcome of the Ramstein conference. “I have to be honest, we expected much more from our German partners,” he pointed out.
> Ukrainian Deputy Foreign Minister Yevhen Perebyjnis said in an interview with the Polish Press Agency that sooner or later Ukraine will receive Western tanks, but due to Russia’s preparations for new attacks, speed is what counts in this matter. – I think that sooner or later Leopard tanks and other Western tanks will be in Ukraine. I don’t see any other way out, although the question remains when it will happen – said the deputy minister. – For us, speed is the most important because according to our data, Russia is planning new attacks and we must do everything to repel these attacks. That’s why we need heavy equipment,” Perebyjnis said.
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