BRUSSELS — Many countries announced new military aid packages for Ukraine on Thursday, a day before defense ministers met at Germany’s Ramstein air base to coordinate aid to Ukraine.
The conference in Germany, chaired by U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd J. Austin III, involved government officials from as many as 50 countries discussing how to provide Ukraine with the weapons it needs, including advanced Western tanks. focus. Withdraw Russian troops from the occupied territories in eastern Ukraine.
Ukraine and some of its allies have been pressuring Germany to allow the supply or export of advanced Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine, but Berlin is particularly concerned that Washington will send Western tanks. We want to be part of the decision.
Hoping to jump on Rammstein’s rally, British Defense Secretary Ben Wallace and Estonian Defense Secretary Hanno Pevkur hosted a meeting with Baltic and Central European colleagues at a military base in Estonia to discuss military aid to Ukraine. further announced.
Some of the donations listed in the so-called Tallinn Pledge have also been signed by Poland, Latvia, Lithuania, Denmark, the Czech Republic, the Netherlands and Slovakia, but have already been announced, including Britain’s promise to send Challenger 2 tanks. was Others looked new, including another round of Brimstone missiles from Britain and an S-60 anti-aircraft gun with 70,000 ammunition from Poland.
In a joint statement, the two countries said they were committed to “jointly pursue the provision of an unprecedented series of donations” to support Ukraine.
“Together we will continue to support Ukraine in its transition from resisting to expelling Russian forces from Ukrainian territory,” the statement said.
Western officials say Ukraine has only a narrow window before an anticipated Russian spring attack, and they are working to rush heavy and sophisticated weapons to Kyiv.
In Brussels, after a meeting of NATO’s top defense officials, known as the Armed Forces Commission, its chairman, Dutch Admiral Rob Bauer, and America’s top officer in Europe, General Christopher G. Cavoli, announced that they would ” Ukraine as part of what he called “the balance of all systems.”
“There is no specific weapon system that is a silver bullet,” General Cavoli said. “At the end of the day, offense simply comes down to a balance of firepower, mobility and defense,” and tanks can play a key role in military success.
The official cautiously said that each country is making its own decisions about supplying specific weapons systems to Ukraine, but clarified that Russia is rebuilding its own military stockpiles.
“In a war like the one being fought, you need all kinds of equipment,” Admiral Bauer said. “And the Russians are fighting with tanks. Therefore, the Ukrainians also need tanks.”
Ahead of the Ramstein Conference, the vehicle with the largest equipment package to date as details of the new arms assistance began to emerge.
Estonia announced on Thursday as part of the Tallinn Pledge that the package, which includes ranged firearms, anti-tank weapons and ammunition worth a total of €113 million (about $122 million), is the largest ever military against Ukraine. It is also an aid package, he said. Military aid to Ukraine has increased to her €370 million, or just over 1% of Estonia’s gross domestic product.
“The free world must continue to provide arms support to Ukraine, and we need to do it on a larger scale and faster,” Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Karas said in a statement. “All countries should look at their stockpiles and enable industries to produce more and faster.”