The government of Germany confirmed this Friday the sending of a new military assistance package to Ukrainecomposed by artillery supplies, air defense, protective equipment, logistical material and armored battle tanks.
Among the equipment delivered, the IRIS-T SLM air defense system stands out, which is added to two other units previously sent, as well as ammunition for its use and missiles for the MARS II rocket launchers, explained a statement from the German Executive.
Likewise, Berlin delivered four armored transport vehicles, airspace surveillance radar, another four ground surveillance vehicles, eight reconnaissance drones and four other surface aerial vehicles.
Germany is the second country in the world that has provided the largest amount of aid, especially military, to Ukraine since the outbreak of the war, which began in February 2022 by order of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Support for the time necessary
On the other hand, the leaders of the European Union (EU) guaranteed this Friday their support for Ukraine against the Russian invasion “for as long as necessary”, despite the emergence of another major international crisis such as the conflict between Israel and the Islamic movement Hamas.
“The European Union will continue to provide strong financial, economic, humanitarian, military and diplomatic support to Ukraine and its people for as long as necessary.”indicated the heads of State and Government of the Twenty-seven in conclusions approved at the two-day summit that concluded today in Brussels.
The main military support will continue to arrive mainly through the European Peace Support Fund (FEAP)which finances part of the weapons that the Member States send to kyiv, and the training mission of Ukrainian soldiers that the EU carries out in community countries, according to the leaders’ conclusions.
However, the last tranche of the FEAP destined for Ukraine remains blocked by Hungary’s veto, despite the fact that it has managed to meet the requirement that Kiev remove one of the largest Magyar banks from its list of companies that allegedly favor the war.
British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak He spoke this Friday with the Ukrainian president Volodimir Zelensky and assured him that the conflict in the Middle East will not change the “unwavering commitment” of the United Kingdom to the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine.
According to a statement from a spokeswoman for the Downing Street residence, Sunak stressed the need to protect peace and stability in both Ukraine and the Middle East and both placed emphasis on the success of Ukraine’s armed forces.
In addition, the United Kingdom will continue to support “Ukraine’s efforts to maintain the supply of grain” leaving Ukrainian ports, the note added.
(With information from EFE and EuropaPress)