German politicians criticize stalling on tanks to Ukraine
23 January 2023 | 2:52 pm
Western allies meeting in Ramstein failed to back the delivery of powerful battle tanks to help Kyiv fend off Russian forces. One German lawmaker said the lack of a decision was a major foreign policy failure by Berlin.
Ukraine said it downed 16 "kamikaze" drones that targeted the capital and other cities. Meanwhile, NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg said military support for Ukraine "is the fastest way to peace." DW rounds up the latest.
Much of the fighting on the Ukrainian front is old-fashioned trench warfare. The front line often barely moves at all. Shelling is causing heavy losses, and medics do everything they can to save lives. DW joined an evacuation team on the eastern front.
After months of wavering, Germany and the United States want to supply Ukraine with armored infantry fighting vehicles. France made a start with the promise of armored reconnaissance vehicles.
EU Vice President Frans Timmermans discussed EU support to Ukraine with Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal on a visit to Kyiv.
Exact numbers are difficult to verify, but hundreds of thousands of Russians have fled the country since the start of the war in Ukraine. The reasons vary, while some wanted to escape the mobilisation order, others chose exile over a rising crackdown on dissent.
It's the second time Volodymyr Zelenskyy has been seen outside Kyiv since the beginning of the war. The Ukrainian president visited troops in the Donbass region. His trip came after Russian missiles struck the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv, for the first time in a month.
Annalena Baerbock again condemned Russia's aggression during her trip to the front line city. She said she wanted to get a picture of the wartime situation on the ground in the region.
Poland says it's willing to supply Ukraine with Leopard battle tanks - but only as part of a wider international coalition. The comments increase pressure on Germany to find consensus with Western allies on arming Ukraine with heavy weapons.
The eastern city of Bakhmut has become the most active and violent frontline in the Ukraine war. It is constantly pounded with artillery from both sides, and infantry is fighting on the streets. Our reporters James André and Mayssa Awad spent six days inside Bakhmut.
Soledar, a salt-mining town of 10,000 people in eastern Ukraine, is the new focal point of a war where the Kremlin badly needs some good news from the battlefield. We ask who controls the town that's a gateway to the Donbas city of Bakhmut, where the Russians have been pushing for months.
The latest pro-Russian narrative in the war in Ukraine is that the Ukrainian army is sending children and teenagers to the frontline. To illustrate this claim, users are posting a video on Twitter that shows three young soldiers, claiming they are children. Our team were able to identify two of the three soldiers in the video. We tell you more in this edition of Truth or Fake.
Kyiv's top diplomatic envoy in Berlin says his country needs German-made Leopard 2 tanks to fight Russia as soon as possible. But an arms maker said it could take until 2024 for its tanks are ready for export.
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