German defense minister makes unannounced visit to Kyiv
08 February 2023 | 2:41 pm
The relatively new Defense Minister Boris Pistorius is in the Ukrainian capital, bearing information on future tank deliveries, and tried to accentuate the positives of German assistance to Ukraine.
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