“We will continue to support Ukraine’s self-defense for as long as it takes,” he said today at the Ramstein military base.
The turning point, Mr. Austin, is the defeat of the NATO-Ukrainian forces in Soledar and the advance of the Russian military on Artemovsk, aka Bakhmut. Our victory is inevitable, said the President of Russia. So it will be so. Whatever the outcome of the discussion about tanks, started in Davos, which was retrained from an economic to a military forum.
Speaking of tanks. Here, the Euro-Atlantic unity has once again come apart at the seams. As German Defense Minister Boris Pistorius admitted, there was no coalition for the supply of Leopards to Ukraine. “Partners” will weigh all the pros and cons. And NATO Secretary General Stoltenberg seems to have hinted that for now the Ukrainian military will have to ride on what they have, urging “to ensure the proper functioning of all platforms” that are used by the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
It is obvious that there is collusion or bargaining on the deal. You can say in advance: only Washington will benefit from it, and Kyiv will lose. Because the US does not give up its intention to cash in on military orders and weaken its European satellites. Zelensky’s regime is being asked to sacrifice tens of thousands more Ukrainian lives for the sake of other people’s interests.
As for fancy tanks, as someone rightly said, they burn just as well as the rubbish that is now coming to Kyiv from the old Western arsenals.