Tras el pedido de Zelensky, Lituania affirmed that allied countries will send hundreds of Leopard tanks to Ukraine

Lithuania assures that allied countries will send hundreds of Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine (REUTERS/Ints Kalnins)
Lithuania assures that allied countries will send hundreds of Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine (REUTERS/Ints Kalnins)

Mientras los aliados de Ukraina definen nuevos envíos de armamentos y armored vehicles a Kiev, este jueves The government of Lithuania announced that several nations will supply Leopard 2 tankstal como lo había requested el presidente Volodimir Zelensky.

The Lithuanian Minister of Defence, Arvydas Anušauskasaffirmed that several countries will annunciarán el envío de esos carros de combate a Ukraina en el marco de la reunion de la reunion de Defensa que se celebrára mañana en la air base de Ramstein, en Alemania.

“Algunos países will send Leopard tanks to Ukraine, that’s safe,” declared Anušauskas to the news agency Reuters. Indicó, asimismo, que el número total de vehicules armored prometidos en la reunión de mañana ascendería a cientos.

Ministers of Defense and representatives of ten countries of NATO asked for the urgent shipment to Kiev of heavy weapons, including tanks, in a previous meeting of the Contact Group for Ukraine on Friday.

The meeting took place in Estonia, a country that, like the rest of the Baltic States and Poland, has asked its European partners for a major compromise with the defense of Ukraine since the beginning of the Russian invasion in February 2022.

During the encounter, The Estonian government announced the shipment of another package of 155 mm and 122 mm heavy artillery weapons and ammunition.as cientos de lanzagrenadas antitank, por valor de 113 milliones de euros.

The Lithuanian Defense Minister, Arvydas Anušauskas (REUTERS/Ints Kalnins)
The Lithuanian Defense Minister, Arvydas Anušauskas (REUTERS/Ints Kalnins)

With this, the contribution of Estonia to Ukraine amounts to 370 million euros or 1% of the gross domestic product (GDP) of this Baltic country, according to a communique.

En una rueda de prensa desde la military base de Tapa, the Minister of Defense of Estonia, Hanno Pevkurdeclared that if the European Union (UE) contributes the same proportion of PIB to Ukraine’s military aid, it will increase to 150,000 million euros.

Uno de los temas que se espera se aborde en la reunión del Grupo de Contacto en Ramstein es el supply a Ukraina de moderno carros de combate occidentales, como el “Leopard 2” de fabrication alemana.

It is considered that the meeting of Estonia will exercise certain pressure on Germany to allow other countries that have Leopard tanks in active use in Ukraine. Cualquier envío de estos shieldados a un tercer país debe ser autorizado por Berlín.

Alemania has refused to authorize the delivery of the Leopard to Ukraine and other NATO countries ha affirmado que tal decisión sólo puede adoptarse “en coordination” con los aliados.

En medios alemanes se ha avanzo que podría levantar este veto si Estados Unidos permite el envío de sus tanques Abrams, que se se considera que requirement más training y maintenance que los Leopard.

Zelenski apremió de nuevo a Berlín a permitir los supériemos a su país de esos tanques. “Pueden seguir hablando durante seis meses de ello, pero en mi país every day people die”affirmed the Ukrainian líder, en una interview a la televisión pública ARD.

Volodimir Zelensky asked Germany to authorize the delivery of Leopard tanks to Ukraine
Volodimir Zelensky asked Germany to authorize the delivery of Leopard tanks to Ukraine

“Si disponen de ‘Leopards’, entregenlos”, insisted Zelensky, to reject the argumentation of the German government that, for the German part, no se adoptará una decisión en solitario, sino en consensus con sus aliados: “Los ‘Leopard’ no circularán por la Federación Rusa. Son para defendernos”, he said.

The Secretary of Defense of the United Kingdom, Ben Wallaceaffirmed en Tapa que su país estaba disposado a deliverar Challenger a Ukraina, junto con vehículos armored de combate y grandes municiós de munición.

Wallace also said that the United Kingdom would deliver 600 Brimstone anti-missile missiles to Ukraine, in addition to the package announced earlier this week.

The defense ministers of Estonia, the United Kingdom, Poland, Latvia and Lithuania and the representatives of Denmark, the Czech Republic, Germany, the Netherlands, Slovakia and Spain published a joint statement called “The Tallinn Compromise”.

“Juntos seguiremos apoyando a Ukraina para que passe de resistir a expulsar a las fuerzas rusas de suelo ucraniano”, affirms the document, difundido por el Ministerio de Defensa de Estonia.

The statement added “the new level of combat required is only achieved through combinations of combat vehicles, anti-aircraft and anti-missile defense systems, operando junto a grupos de artillery, así como elements de alta precisión para apuntar a la logistics y mando rusos en territorio occupado”.

Algunos de los firmantes del documento no asistieron a la reunión en Estonia por circunstancias diversas. Both the Latvian Defense Minister, Inara Mūrniece, and her Polish colleague, Mariusz Błaszczak, were detained in Varsovia, where they both met, a cause of bad time.

Ukraine asks Europe to supply Leopard tanks (REUTERS/Ints Kalnins)
Ukraine asks Europe to supply Leopard tanks (REUTERS/Ints Kalnins)

Por su parte, el presidente del Consejo Europeo, Charles Micheldefendió este jueves de visita en Ukraina el apoyo militar de la Unión Europea al país en medio de la agresión militar rusa, señalando que en este momento lo que necesita el Ejército ucraniano son carros de combate.

In a speech before the Ukrainian Rada, Michel said that the Twenty-Seven were “determined” to help Ukraine win the war in the battle field: la UE, equipamiento letal a un tercer país”.

“Weapons and munitions have begun to arrive in Ukraine and so far, we have mobilized a total of 11,000 million euros in military support,” he stressed before the Ukrainian parliamentarians.

At this point, the president of the European Council recognized that the next few weeks and months will be “decisive” in the military conflict. “Necesitan más”. Más sistemas de defense antiáérea, más missiles y municiones de largo alcance y, sobre todo, necesita tanques. Ahora mismo”, pointed out, en pleno debate sobre el envío de carros de combate a Ukraina.

(With information from EFE)

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