On Thursday, US President Joe Biden and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz announced their intention to provide Ukraine with armored combat vehicles in the ongoing war with Russia.
In a phone call, Biden and Schultz expressed their determination to continue providing necessary financial, humanitarian, military and diplomatic support to Ukraine for as long as possible, according to a joint statement posted by the White House on its website.
“To this end, the United States intends to supply Ukraine with Bradley infantry fighting vehicles, while Germany intends to provide it with Marder infantry fighting vehicles,” the statement said.
Both countries plan to train Ukrainian forces on the relevant systems, according to the same source.
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The two leaders also confirmed their intention to support Kyiv’s urgent demand to enhance air defense capabilities in the wake of Russian missile attacks on Ukraine’s infrastructure.
“In late December, the United States announced its donation of a Patriot air defense missile battery to Ukraine, and Berlin will join Washington in providing Kyiv with an additional Patriot battery,” the statement added.
The two sides expressed their appreciation for the military support provided by allies and other partners to Kiev, supported the continued coordination efforts of the Ukrainian Defense Contact Group, and welcomed additional donations of air defense systems and combat vehicles, according to the same statement.
Since February 24, 2022, Russia has launched a military attack on its neighbor Ukraine, prompting capitals, led by Washington, to impose severe economic sanctions on Moscow.