West loading a global war to Ukraine: Germany to send 2000 anti-tank weapons to Ukraine, UK to supply 6000 missiles

Germany will send 2,000 additional anti-tank weapons to Ukraine to replenish the country’s depleting arsenal and bolster its defenses against the Russian military operation. 

The Ukrainian forces have already received 1,000 anti-tank weapons and 500 Stinger-type surface-to-air missile launchers from the German army.

Germany has also provided around 500 Strela surface-to-air missiles out from 2,700 promised. Bureaucratic hurdles and delays in arm deliveries sparked criticism from Ukrainian authorities.

A parliamentary source, who wished to remain anonymous, confirmed to AFP that the 2,000 additional anti-tank weapons would be sent to Ukraine.

“We are one of the biggest suppliers of arms to Ukraine in the current situation,” German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock told parliament on Wednesday.

“This does not make us proud, but this is what we must do now to help Ukraine,” she added, saying that the rest of the weapons promised to Ukraine were “on their way.”

According to Baerbock, “the German government has been in talks with companies to purchase more weapons and further shipments to Ukraine can be possible in the coming days.”

Before Russia’s offensive in Ukraine, Berlin had rejected to supply arms to Kiev, and also turned down requests from allies to send German-made weapons to the country.Germany refuses to send weapons to Ukraine amid tensionsGermany refuses to send weapons to Ukraine amid escalating tensions between Russia and Ukraine despite other NATO members having agreed to export weapons directly to Ukraine.

On February, Germany reversed a historic policy of not sending weapons to conflict zones, saying the Russian military action in Ukraine was an epochal moment that undermined the entire post-World War II order across Europe.

“The Russian invasion of Ukraine marks a turning point,” German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said in a statement. “It threatens our entire post-war order. In this situation, it is our duty to do our utmost to support Ukraine in defending itself against Vladimir Putin’s invading army. Germany stands closely by Ukraine’s side.”

UK says it will send 6000 missiles to Ukraine 

Britain will also provide Ukraine with about 6,000 new missiles and almost 40 million dollars to support the BBC’s coverage in the region and pay Ukrainian soldiers and pilots.

“We cannot and will not stand by while Russia grinds Ukraine’s towns and cities into dust,” Prime Minister Boris Johnson said in a statement unveiling the new support package.

“The United Kingdom will work with our allies to step up military and economic support to Ukraine, strengthening their defenses as they turn the tide in this fight.”

In recent days Ukraine was said to be quickly running out of the weapons it needs to hold off Russian forces – and has called on France and Germany to send more arms.

The military only has two weeks before it uses up its supply of anti-aircraft and anti-tank missiles, foreign minister Dmytro Kuleba reportedly said last week.

Russian move on Ukraine aid fails at UN Security Council

Meanwhile, a Russian-drafted call for aid access and civilian protection in Ukraine failed at the UN Security Council on Wednesday. 

Russia and China voted yes and the remaining 13 members abstained from the vote. 

Russia’s UN Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia accused those who abstained on Wednesday of doing so “for political reasons.”

A Security Council resolution needs at least nine votes in favor and no vetoes by Russia, China, Britain, France or the United States to be adopted.

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