Kyiv (ANN)-Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy renewed his request for access to US-made F-16 fighter jets. His request came less than a week after he confirmed heavy tanks were supported by Western countries, although they have not yet complied with the promise.
However, Poland said it would support NATO’s efforts to send the plane to Ukraine. Although officials from France and the United States said that they had not ruled out the election, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz took a firm stance against bringing F-16 fighter jets to Kyiv.
Germany, on the other hand, accused Russia of twisting the war minister’s rhetoric “to serve their own purposes.”Russian propagandists continue to take the statements of others and use them to “serve their own purposes,” a spokesman for Germany’s foreign ministry said.
On Tuesday, German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock criticized Moscow for her comments at an event in Strasbourg when she said “we are fighting a war against Russia, and it is not a war against one another.”
The comments came a day before Germany confirmed it would send German-made Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine. After that statement, the spokeswoman of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova, quoted by the Russian state news agency TASS, said that these statements are proof that the West is waging a “planned war against Russia.”
“Russian propaganda regularly takes the statements, statements, positions, and positions of the government, our partners, and uses them for their own purposes,” a spokesman for the German Foreign Ministry said in response.
They also emphasized Berlin’s position that NATO should not become part of the conflict.
Why is Russia worried about the latest tank deliveries?
This week has seen the West step up its support for Ukraine by sending tanks, but that has yet to be translated into action.
On Wednesday, Germany said it would provide Ukraine with 14 Leopard 2 battle tanks and allows other European countries to send up to 88 more, which has always angered Russia and increased the pressure on Ukraine.
The US also said it planned to ship 31 Abrams M1 tanks to Ukrainian forces.
Looking at why Russia might be concerned about the tanks, retired Air Vice-Marshal Sean Bell said this was the first time the West has moved from “defensive support to offensive support” and this was a “step change in capability”.
He told Sky News: “We’ve heard overnight that the Canadians are now stepping in. They’re going to provide four tanks. It’s only a small number, but they join a coalition of 12 countries now, all of which will be trying to get these tanks into and similar tanks off to Ukraine.
“It won’t just be the hardware. It will also be focusing on spare support, ammunition and crucially, training. And that training will be conducted in high technology simulators, very much like flight simulators are. They’ll be in a mock-up of a tank itself.
“The Russian threats that they’ll be fighting will be driven by specialists simulator operators to create the most realistic immersive environment.
“This will be some of the best training available in the world for these Ukrainian tank drivers.” he added.
Speaking about what is happening in Ukraine, he said that it seems that the Russians are attacking Vuhledar in Donbas and Orikhiv in Zaporizhzhia region, while probing the defense of Ukraine.
“Undoubtedly what Russia wants to do is to launch its biggest attack before these tanks enter Ukraine,” he added.
On the other hand, the UN’s nuclear watchdog records several explosions near the Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant. Yet Russia denies any blasts happened, telling officials to check their information is not based on a “rumors”.
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By Arraale M Jama Freelance Journalist and Human Rights activist.