Moscow The Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky saw the announced delivery of French reconnaissance tanks as an important signal to other Western countries. “France is taking defense support to Ukraine to a new level and I thank President (Emmanuel) Macron for this leadership,” Zelenski said in his video address on Wednesday evening.
Macron previously promised Zelenskiy the delivery of the AMX-10 RC tank. The wheeled tank with a large cannon is primarily used for reconnaissance. In the occupied part of the Zaporizhia region, the Ukrainian army said it was able to strike Russian soldiers again.
France wants to deliver “light battle tanks” to Ukraine
Macron announced the planned delivery of the tanks after a phone call with Zelensky. How many tanks France wants to hand over to Ukraine by when was initially unclear.
The Élysée Palace said these were the first western-style main battle tanks to be delivered to the Ukrainian armed forces. Zelensky praised: “This sends a clear signal to all our partners: There is no rational reason why tanks of western design have not been delivered to Ukraine so far.”
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In fact, Ukraine has received Western tanks in the past, although these tended to be troop carriers like the US model M113 – a smaller tracked vehicle. Germany has also provided Ukraine with 30 Gepard anti-aircraft tanks. Ukraine, which was attacked by Russia, has not yet received a full-fledged Western main battle tank such as the French Leclerc model or the German Leopard.
Kyiv: Dozens of Russians killed or injured in Zaporizhia Oblast
The Ukrainian military reported another successful attack against Russia’s army. In the occupied city of Tokmak in the southern Ukrainian region of Zaporizhia, 80 Russian soldiers were killed or injured in an offensive on Tuesday, the General Staff in Kyiv said.
A spokesman for the Russian occupation administration of Zaporizhia Vladimir Rogov, however, claimed that the Ukrainian attack was aimed at the Tokmak district hospital. A military doctor and several patients were killed.
In addition, pictures of a badly damaged building were shown. However, there was no independent confirmation of the information.
This is how the Handelsblatt reports on the Ukraine war:
Hundreds dead as Russia’s army witnesses ‘Makiivka tragedy’
– The attack in Makiivka shows how little Russia’s army learns from mistakes
– UN High Commissioner on the Ukraine war: “The perpetrators must know that they will not get away with it unpunished”
– Worn down, exhausted, desperate – How Kyiv puts war-weary soldiers under pressure
– EU sanctions against Russia: What are the consequences of the oil price cap and oil embargo
For days, Ukraine has repeatedly reported massive blows to Russian troop concentrations. According to Kiev sources, 400 enemy soldiers were killed in an attack on a Russian military barracks in Makiivka in the Donetsk region alone, and 500 in another offensive in the village of Chulakivka in Kherson. Moscow, on the other hand, has so far only admitted at least 89 deaths in its own ranks with a view to the Ukrainian artillery strikes on New Year’s Eve.
New church celebrates Christmas service in Kiev Pechersk Lavra
In the Ukrainian church dispute, the new Orthodox Church of Ukraine will hold its Christmas mass in the famous Kiev Cave Monastery for the first time. According to the calendar of the Orthodox Churches, the service will take place next Saturday. Previously, the rival Ukrainian Orthodox Church’s lease on the cathedral had not been renewed at the end of the year.
The Ukrainian Orthodox Church, which traditionally has close ties to Russia, only completely broke away from Moscow after the Russian invasion last February. Previously, the Orthodox Church of Ukraine had been founded as the new national church in 2018 with state aid. It is assigned to the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople (Istanbul).
What will be important on Thursday
Heavy fighting between Russian and Ukrainian troops continues in the Donbass. Russia continues to try unsuccessfully to take complete control of the illegally annexed Luhansk and Donetsk regions. Fighting also continues in the Cherson and Zaporizhia areas occupied by Moscow but also partly liberated by Ukraine.
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