AGI – The Battle of Donbass begins, now involving a significant part of the Russian forces deployed in Ukraine, while the attack on the Mariupol steelworks begins to drive the city’s last defenders out to the Sea of Azov.
US President Joe Biden via videoconference He urged other G7 leaders to continue supporting KyivMeanwhile, former Russian President Medvedev urges us to prepare for aggressive NATO actions.
The video call, which took place at 9:57 a.m. Washington time, also included European Commission President von der Leyen, European Council President Michel, French President Macron, German Chancellor Schulze and Prime Japanese Minister Kishida. NATO Secretary General Stoltenberg, Polish President Duda, Romanian President Iohannis, British Prime Minister Johnson and Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau.
American weapons for kyiv
Ukraine has received combat aircraft and related spare parts from some US allies. Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said so at a press conference. “It will allow the Ukrainians to get more planes off the ground,” said Kirby, who did not specify how many planes kyiv received. However, the spokesperson pointed out that the United States did not supply the aircraft directly.
The supplies arrived yesterday, Kirby said: “They have over two weeks worth of fighters available today.” The spokesman only revealed that the aircraft supplied were Russian-made models (possibly MiG-29s, editor’s note) and that the United States was limited to “facilitating” the shipment of spare parts to Ukrainian territory, without send planes there.
“Other countries with experience in this type of aircraft were able to help them put more aircraft into serviceKirby said, implying that the suppliers are former Iron Curtain countries.
Finally, the US Department of Defense believes that the sanctions against Russia will reduce its ability to buy certain components necessary for its arsenal, in particular precision weapons.
“We believe that some of the sanctions imposed on Russia will further impact its ability to purchase certain goods and components needed for its arsenal and weapons stockpiles,” Kirby explained. “Precision munitions are a good example of this.”
Dialogue between von der Leyen and Zelensky
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen spoke by phone with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Tuesday. The discussion focused on “how to increase aid to Ukraine”.
“We discussed financial aid, security and Ukraine’s answers to the EU membership questionnaire,” von der Leyen explained in a tweet. “The European Commission is ready to provide support. Ukraine belongs to our European family“, she confirmed again.
Nice to talk to the president Embed a tweet How to increase our aid to Ukraine
We discussed financial aid and security, as well as Ukraine’s responses to the EU membership questionnaire.Embed a tweet Stand ready to support.
Ukraine belongs to our European family. pic.twitter.com/vv1wY5gRCV
— Ursula von der Leyen (@vonderleyen) April 19, 2022
For his part, Zelensky announced — also via Twitter — that he had completed a membership survey. “I informed the President of the Commission of the sending of the questionnaire once completed, which constitutes an important step towards accession to the European Union. The intensification of security assistance to counter Russian aggression was discussed and particular attention was given to it. Dedicated to post-war reconstruction. We appreciate the support,” the Ukrainian president wrote.