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In Germany, Westerners coordinate military aid to kyiv

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It is an important meeting that is being held on Tuesday, April 26, at Ramstein Air Base in Germany, the headquarters of the American air forces in Europe. Representatives from around forty countries are meeting with US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksiï Reznikov and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.

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On the agenda, an exchange of information on the situation on the battlefield, military aid to Ukraine and the means that can be used by the participating States to produce and supply munitions, weapons and military equipment requested by Ukraine, including for Soviet-made weapons used by Ukrainian soldiers. “We will push as hard as possible, as quickly as possible, so that Ukrainians get what they need,” said Lloyd Austin.

Hardening of the American approach

At the forefront of Western support for the Ukrainian armed forces, the United States has steadily increased its military assistance since the start of the Russian invasion. The now stated objective of weakening the Russian war machine reflects a hardening of the American approach, even if Washington is careful not to appear as a party to the conflict.

“We want to see Russia weakened to such a degree that they cannot do the same kind of things as the invasion of Ukraine”said the head of the Pentagon, Monday, April 25, the day after his meeting with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, in the company of Secretary of State Antony Blinken. “She’s already lost a lot of military capability, and a lot of troops, to be frank, and we wouldn’t want her to be able to quickly replenish her capabilities. »

A new envelope of 700 million dollars

The United States will increase its military aid, with the release of an envelope of 700 million dollars (652 million euros), of which approximately 300 million (279.8 million euros) to allow the Ukrainians to acquire on the arms market they need. The rest of this sum will go to Ukraine’s regional allies who have provided aid and need to replenish their arms stocks.

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Joe Biden had already announced, last week, a new tranche of 800 million dollars (746 million euros). In total, according to Washington, the United States has granted more than 4 billion dollars (3.7 billion euros) in military aid to Ukraine since the beginning of the mandate of the Democratic president.

The key role of Lloyd Austin

“We think that iThey can win if they have the right gear, the right support, and we’re going to keep doing everything we can to make that happen to them.», added Lloyd Austin. The US Secretary of Defense, a retired general, former head of Central Command in charge of Middle East operations, plays a key role in Western mobilization, including facilitating the supply of Soviet-made equipment from former countries of the Warsaw Pact. It was he who negotiated an agreement with the Slovak government for the delivery to kyiv of a mobile system of surface-to-air missiles S-300, of Russian design.

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In return, the United States provided Slovakia with a Patriot missile defense system battery. The US Army’s European Command (Eucom), based in Stuttgart (Germany), provides much of the coordination between allies, as does the international donor coordination center set up with the British.

Caesar guns and Milan missiles

France will be represented in Ramstein by Ambassador Anne-Marie Descôtes and Admiral Nicolas Vaujour, Deputy Chief of Staff for “Operations” at the General Staff. Paris delivers Milan anti-tank missiles and Caesar cannons to kyiv, taken from the stocks of the French forces, not to mention several tens of thousands of shells. About forty Ukrainian soldiers arrived in France on Saturday April 23 to be trained in their handling.

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Two months of conflict

Since the Russian intervention of February 24 at dawn, two months ago, more than 5.2 million Ukrainians went into exile, the majority in neighboring countries, according to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

Women and children make up 90% of refugees, because of the prohibition for men aged 18 to 60, likely to be mobilized, to leave the country.

Almost two-thirds of Ukrainian children had to flee their homes, including those who are still in the country.

More than 7.7 million people have left their homes are still in Ukraine, according to the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

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