Thursday, March 30

Ukraine’s neighbors are fed up of waiting for the EU and Germany and begin to help Kiev militarily




The first country to send weapons to Ukraine, so that it can protect itself from a potential Russian attack, has been United Kingdom. Defensive systems against battle tanks, anti-aircraft defenses and “a small number of troops for training tasks”, as described by the British Defense Minister Ben Wallace, which are added to the 90 tons of weapons that the US has sent. Until now, the neighboring countries of Ukraine were waiting for Brussels to take a position and have been observing the diplomatic movements of France, which together with Germany has initiated a dialogue process with Moscow and Kiev within the so-called Normandy format. But in the last few hours his patience seems to be exhausted and the announcements of military support are cascading down.


The President of Poland, Andrzej Duda, has telephoned his Ukrainian counterpart, Volodimir Zelensky, to offer “any aid” for supplies, both humanitarian and military. “This includes defensive ammunition,” confirmed Pawel Soloch, head of the President’s Office of Homeland Security. “The decision will be implemented by the Defense Minister. Mariusz Blaszczak and includes the transportation of defensive ammunition to Ukraine,” Soloch said, according to which “we are ready to ship at any time.” The Ukrainian edition of the British BBC reports that “an alliance between Ukraine, Poland and the United Kingdom could be launched as early as this week.” The objective of this alliance would be to counteract the Russian threat and cement common work for the future of European security. “We are working on this option, but talks are ongoing and the details are still to be negotiated,” the office of the President of Ukraine is limited to reporting.

Czech Republic

The Czech Republic has also shown its support for Ukraine and has expressed its willingness to send arms to Kiev, as have Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. USA “We support Ukraine and it means that we are with them not only with words, but also with deeds”, explained the Czech Foreign Minister, Jan Lipavský, “we will do everything possible so that they can choose whether they want to join the EU or NATO.”


Slovakia, for its part, has offered to station NATO soldiers on its territory. The Slovak Prime Minister, Eduard Heger, with the only support within his government of Foreign Minister Ivan Korcok, is facing a wide pro-Russian opinion, since 44% of Slovaks declares in the polls that the Kiev government is to blame for the escalation of tension on the border.


Bulgaria, however, offers its own troops as part of the NATO deployment if it comes to pass. Bulgarian troops under Bulgarian command, Defense Minister Stefan Yanev said, after Prime Minister Kiril Petkov announced that he is willing to accept soldiers from NATO partner countries, but within a joint battalion with Bulgarian troops. Petkov has made it clear that the Bulgarian defense strategy itself is constituted and focused on the Bulgarian army, which currently has 30,000 soldiers. In his country there are no NATO troops for now, it only houses 206 US Army personnel with US military equipment, according to the separate agreement it maintains with this country.


Even Denmark is preparing to send military equipment to Ukraine, the prime minister has announced. Mette Frederiksen. “I am ready to send military equipment to Ukraine. We are already giving advice, because we know that there is an urgent demand for advice on cybersecurity, “he advanced. At the moment it will not send Danish soldiers, “it is not an element that is under discussion, but like others, we want to help.” The Danish Government has already assured Ukraine of its support during the visit made last week by the head of the Ukrainian diplomacy to Copenhagen, Dmytro Kouleba, and has allocated to Kiev an additional annual aid of almost €80 million which is added to the “Support Program” of 22 million euros implemented in mid-January.


The only neighbor of Ukraine that categorically refuses to send weapons and that has even placed bureaucratic obstacles for the Baltic countries to do so is Germany, which has limited itself to sending 5,000 helmets, an amount that Ukraine has described as “disappointing”. “They do not want to assume responsibilities, they are opting for the easy way,” criticized the future head of the Munich Security Conference and former German ambassador to the UN, Christoph Heusgen, one of Merkel’s main foreign advisers during the past legislatures. “They claim legal and historical reasons, but at the same time we are exporting state-of-the-art submarines to Israel without problems with our law and our history,” he said, recalling the “bestial murder” of more than 30,000 Jewish Ukrainians in 1941 in Babyn Yar. hands of the Wehrmacht.

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