The US appears poised to finally begin the process of sending dozens of M1 Abrams tanks to Ukraine, US media reportsin a reversal that could have a significant impact on Kyiv’s efforts to repel Russian forces.
The move follows reports on Tuesday that Berlin had bowed to enormous international and domestic pressure and was about to announce that it would be sending German-made tanks to Ukraine.and allow other countries to do the same.
The decision is expected to be formally made on Wednesday, and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz is scheduled to be questioned in parliament. in the morning with a debate likely to be dominated by tank decisions.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said he was confident the alliance would find a solution soon after meeting with Germany’s defense minister. “At a crucial moment in this war, we have to provide Ukraine with heavier and more advanced systems, and we have to do it faster,” Stoltenberg said.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said on Tuesday that Kyiv needed allies to decide whether to provide modern tanks to bolster the country’s defenses against Russia. Zelensky said the problem is not 5, 10 or 15 tanks, but reaching a final decision on the actual delivery, as Ukraine’s needs are great. “When important decisions are made that are necessary, I am happy to thank them for each important decision,” Zelensky said.
In Ukraine, 15 senior officials have resigned since Saturday, six of whom have been accused of corruption by journalists and Ukraine’s anti-corruption authorities. Deputy head of the Ukrainian president’s office Kirilo Tymoshenko said on Tuesday that he asked Zelensky to remove him from his post on Monday as part of a wave of government resignations and dismissals.
Deputy Defense Minister Vyacheslav Shapovalov, in charge of supplying the army with food and equipment, also resigned. He and the ministry say the “media accusations” of corruption are baseless. Deputy Prosecutor General Oleksiy Simonenko was dismissed and two deputy ministers resigned from Ukraine’s Ministry of Communities and Territorial Development.
Five local governors have also been dismissed. Valentin Reznichenko from Dnipropetrovsk, Oleksandra Starka from Zaporizhia, Oleksiy Kleba from Kiev, Dimtro Zhivitsky from Sumy, Yaroslav Yanushevich from Kherson. Kherson and Zaporizhia are his two regions of Ukraine that the Russian Federation claims to annex.
The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists has set the doomsday clock. It aims to illustrate the existential risks to the world at 90 seconds, when the clock is closest to midnight since it was first introduced in 1947. They said this was “mainly” due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
Ukraine has enough coal and gas reserves for the remaining months of winter Despite repeated Russian attacks on the energy system, Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal said:
Finnish Foreign Minister Pekka Haavist has suggested that talks with Turkey may be suspended over Finland’s ambition to join NATO with Sweden. This is due to the pressure of Turkey’s upcoming elections, he said.
Supporters of imprisoned Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny gathered for a protest in Berlin on Tuesday To highlight the conditions in the Russian prison where he is held.
Russia has no plans to rebuild the Azokhstan steelworks in Mariupol It was the site of heavy shelling in the early weeks of last year’s Russian invasion of Ukraine.
Russian football officials met with their counterparts at UEFA on Tuesday in an attempt to negotiate Russia’s return to international football in Europe. Banned by UEFA and FIFA since Ukraine’s invasion.