While Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky meets with Western leaders during a tour of Europe, Germany announced a new €2.7 billion ($2.95 billion) arms package for Kyiv over the weekend.
During a press conference Monday to discuss an upcoming trip to Poland, President Biden announced that the U.S. will not be sending F-16 jets to Ukraine, despite growing pressure from some European countries and reportedly from some Pentagon officials. When asked by reporters if he would provide Ukraine with F-16 jets, he answered with a simple “no.”
According to a report in Der Spiegel, German foreign intelligence has assessed that Ukraine is losing a “three-digit number” of troops daily. Germany’s Federal Intelligence Service (BND) has said that it is “alarmed” at the high number of casualties suffered by Ukrainian forces and that Berlin believes that the number of losses reached three digits daily during the battle of Bakhmut. German politicians were informed of the high number of casualties during a secret Bundestag meeting last week.
After weeks of Germany refusing to allow its Western allies to send their Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine, Berlin has finally authorized Poland to send its German-made Leopard tanks to Kyiv to fight the Russian invasion.
After having appointed a new Defense Minister, Boris Pistorius, Germany is increasing pressure on Washington to send M1 Abrams tanks to Ukraine, a move the Biden administration has been hesitant to make for fear that Russia will view it as an escalation.