German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier visited Ukraine Tuesday for the primary time for the reason that Russian invasion began, the place he condemned Russia’s latest escalatory steps and promised a well timed supply of dedicated weapons to Kyiv.
Talking to reporters alongside Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, Steinmeier slammed Russian chief Vladimir Putin’s “irresponsible nuclear rhetoric,” partial mobilization of troops and claimed annexation of Ukraine’s Donetsk, Lugansk, Zaporizhzhia and Kherson areas.
The presidents met on the day Berlin hosted a convention on Ukraine’s restoration. Zelensky in a joint assertion introduced he had appointed Steinmeier because the patron of the reconstruction of the Chernihiv area.
The 2 leaders mentioned Ukraine’s financial, monetary and protection wants, notably artillery programs, armored autos and different weapons, in line with a readout of the assembly posted on Zelensky’s Telegram channel.
Talking in Kyiv, Steinmeier vowed Ukraine will obtain a supply of Mars2-systems plus an extra two self-propelled howitzers from Germany within the coming days.
“Immediately, Germany is without doubt one of the main suppliers to Ukraine’s air protection,” he stated.
“Thirty Gepard tanks, three Mars2 a number of rocket launchers, a number of thousand anti-aircraft weapons, one of the crucial trendy air protection programs on the planet, Iris-T. I hope it’ll assist to make individuals a bit safer, to guard them from Russia’s brutal aggression.”
That is Steinmeier’s first wartime go to to Ukraine after two failed makes an attempt in April, when he was uninvited over his hyperlinks with Russia, and final week when the go to was canceled for safety causes.
The German president is taken into account to have had shut relations with Russia in his earlier political roles. Ukraine has beforehand been important of Steinmeier over his hyperlinks with Russia and the main position he performed as former international minister in enhancing relationships with Russian chief Vladimir Putin.