Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock is traveling to Ukraine for the second time in three weeks. It should again be about arms deliveries.
- The conflict in Ukraine continues to escalate.
- Ukraine asks Germany for arms deliveries. foreign minister Annalena Baerbock* travels to Kiev on Monday (02/07/2022).
- All information about Baerbock’s visit to Ukraine in our news ticker.
Kiev – Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock travels to Ukraine. Parallel to Inaugural visit by Chancellor Olaf Scholz* (SPD) in the USA* Meetings with Head of State Volodymyr Zelenskyy and Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba are on the agenda in the capital Kiev. It is eagerly awaited what Annalena Baerbock will say about Ukraine’s requests for arms deliveries. Deliveries of weapons to crisis areas have so far been refused.
Shortly before Baerbock’s trip, Ukraine informed the Foreign Office and the Ministry of Defense about the ongoing conflict Russia* a list of weapon requests. She asked for medium-range anti-aircraft missile systems, man-portable anti-aircraft missile systems, anti-drone guns, microwave destruction systems, electronic tracking systems, night vision goggles, surveillance cameras and ammunition. According to the Ukrainian embassy in Berlin, these are “weapons systems of a defensive nature”.
Annalena Baerbock: Ukraine asks for arms deliveries
The request is currently being examined, according to government circles. The Ukrainian Ambassador to Germany, Andriy Melnyk, reiterated Kiev’s demands. “We need the latest weapons. Germany can deliver that. Germany is capable of doing that.”
“And to refuse that today means for us to let Ukraine down,” said the diplomat on Sunday evening in the ARD program “Anne Will”*. “We must recognize that we face the danger of a huge war in the heart of Europe,” Melnyk warned.
Ukraine conflict: Foreign Minister Baerbock in Kiev
In addition to meeting Selenskyj and Kuleba, Annalena Baerbock wants to visit a memorial in Ukraine that commemorates the victims of a great famine in 1932/33. At that time, several million people died. A visit to a military hospital in Kiev, co-financed by Germany, is planned for Monday evening.
Baerbock then plans to travel to eastern Ukraine, where she plans to visit the front line between Ukrainian government troops and Russian-backed separatists in the Donbass conflict zone on Tuesday. The minister was already in Ukraine in January. (marv/dpa) *fr.de is an offer from IPPEN.MEDIA.