War in Ukraine: NATO promises more heavy weapons

Status: 15.06.2022 11:32

Ukrainian President Zelensky has again called for modern anti-missile weapons – several NATO countries are ready to supply heavy weapons. Russia has promised a civilian corridor from besieged Sieverodonetsk.

The heads of state and government of several NATO countries have promised Ukraine another supply of heavy weapons. NATO partners and allies are now pushing for it, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said after a meeting at the official residence of Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte in The Hague.

Following the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the Alliance has expanded its ability to defend “every inch of NATO territory.” Further steps will be taken at the NATO summit scheduled for the end of June in Madrid. Stoltenberg did not go into detail.

Arms supplies are also the focus of a meeting of the Ukrainian Contact Group in Brussels this afternoon. US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin has invited other NATO countries and a number of Partner countries to headquarters. Defense Minister Christine Lambrecht is also expected.

Zelensky again calls for modern missile defense systems

Jens Eberl, WDR, Daily News 09:00, June 15, 2022

Morawiecki: Insufficient support

Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki criticized the current level of support for Ukraine. “We have not done enough to defend Ukraine to help the Ukrainian people defend their freedom and sovereignty,” he said. “Where is our credibility when Ukraine fails? Can we imagine Ukraine failing and return to normal? I hope not.”

Ukraine has once again requested modern missile defense weapons from its foreign partners in order to repel Russian attacks at a distance. President Volodymyr Zelensky announced this week important talks on the acquisition of such systems. He did not say who he would talk to, but they were not just European politicians. “We reiterate to our partners that Ukraine needs modern missile defense weapons,” he said.

According to its military leadership, Ukraine received only a tenth of the necessary weapons from abroad. “To date, we have about ten percent of what Ukraine said it needed,” Deputy Defense Minister Hanna Maljar told Ukrainian television. Russia is infinitely better in armament and troop numbers. “No matter how hard Ukraine tries, no matter how professional our army is, we will not be able to win this war without the help of our partners.”

The fighting for Sierodonetsk continues

In eastern Ukraine, fierce fighting continued for the city of Sievjerodonetsk. Luhansk Governor Sergey Gaiday wrote in the Telegram messenger: “The situation is extremely complicated. Part of Sieverodonetsk is controlled by the Russians.” However, Russian soldiers cannot advance unhindered because there are “still” Ukrainian fighters in the city.

The Russians continued to shell houses and attacked the Azot chemical again, Gaidaj said. “The enemy is weaker in street fighting, so he launches artillery fire that is destroying our houses,” he said. There is also great damage in the surrounding villages. Russian air raids have also taken place in many places.

According to British intelligence, after more than a month of fierce fighting, the Russians took control of most of the Ukrainian city of Sieverodonetsk. According to a daily assessment of the situation by the British Ministry of Defense, heavy shelling caused enormous collateral damage.

Russia on Wednesday announced the creation of a “humanitarian corridor”. As a result, civilians seeking refuge in the Azot chemical plant should be brought to safety.

The escape route should lead north to the city of Svatov, said General Mikhail Mizincev of the Russian Ministry of Defense. Swatowe is located in the People’s Republic of Luhanus, which is ruled by pro-Russian separatists and recognized as a state by Russia. Moscow has rejected a Ukrainian proposal to allow people to flee to Kiev-controlled territory. Ukraine only wants to smuggle its armed men from Sieverodonetsk, as they recently did at the Azovstal steel plant in the port city of Mariupol, Misincev said. He called on Ukrainian soldiers to surrender.

Shaded in white: the advance of the Russian army. Green shaded: separatist areas supported by Russia. Crimea: annexed by Russia.

Image: ISW / 06/14/2022

Zelensky, on the other hand, called on his troops to endure the costly defensive battle in the east. “This is our state. Staying there in the Donbas is vital,” he said. “There are losses and they are painful.” On the front in the east, however, it will be decided in the coming weeks which party will dominate.

conflicting parties as a source

Information on the course of the war, the shelling and the victims provided by the official bodies of the Russian and Ukrainian parties to the conflict cannot be directly controlled by an independent body in the current situation.

According to the Ministry of Defense in Russia, Russian troops destroyed a weapons depot in the western Ukrainian region of Lviv. Armament supplied by NATO countries was located here. Part of that was ammunition for the American howitzer M777.

Rejection of a possible new agreement from Minsk

Meanwhile, Ukrainian presidential adviser Oleksiy Arestovych has rejected a possible peace plan modeled on the Minsk pacification agreement in eastern Ukraine. “I am afraid they will try to reach Minsk III. They will say that we must end the war, which is causing food problems and economic problems, that the Russians and Ukrainians are dying, that we must save Mr Putin’s face, that we must save Mr Putin’s face,” he said. that the Russians made mistakes, that we must forgive them and give them a chance to return to world society, “Arestovych said. That is the problem of Ukraine. Putin killed the people in Bucha “and the West says we should keep our faces.”

Russia, Ukraine, France and Germany signed the Minsk Peace Agreement in the capital of Belarus in 2015 in the so-called Norman format. It was basically an end to the civil war in Luhansk and Donetsk. Ukraine and Russia accuse each other of disrespecting the agreement.

Consultation of NATO Defense Ministers

Birgit Raddatz, ARD Brussels, 15.6.2022 08:12

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