War between Russia and Ukraine at a glance: what we know on day 334 of the invasion | Russia

  • Germany will not “stand in the way” of Poland sending Leopard tanks to UkraineSecretary of State Annalena Baerbock said in what appeared to be the clearest signal yet from Berlin that European allies could provide the German-made hardware. Asked in an interview with the French television station LCI what would happen if Poland sent its Leopard 2 tanks without German approval, Baerbock replied through a translator: “At the moment the question has not been asked, but if we were asked, we would don’t join the road.”

  • This was promised by German Chancellor Olaf Scholz that Germany “will continue to support Ukraine – for as long and as extensively as necessary”, adding: “Together, as Europeans – in defense of our European peace project.” Germany’s new defense minister Boris Pistorius plans to visit Ukraine soon, he told a German newspaper.

  • Scholz said future decisions on arms supplies will be made in consultation with allies, including the United States. Under pressure to allow the shipment of German-made tanks to Ukraine, the chancellor said all arms shipments to Ukraine so far have been made in close cooperation with Western partners.

  • Poland announced it is ready to deliver 14 Leopard tanks to Kiev, but awaits “a clear statement” from Berlin, in remarks ahead of the interview with German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock. Poland’s Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki criticized Germany’s failure to supply tanks to Ukraine. “Germany’s attitude is unacceptable. It’s been almost a year since the war started. Innocent people die every day,” he said.

  • Former British Prime Minister Boris Johnson made a surprise visit to Ukraine, where he said it was “the time to double down and give the Ukrainians all the tools they need to get the job done”. Downing Street said Rishi Sunak “supports” Boris Johnson’s visit despite warnings it would undermine the authority of the current prime minister.

  • French President Emmanuel Macron said on Sunday that he is not ruling out the possibility of sending Leclerc tanks to Ukraine. “As for the Leclercs, I have asked the Ministry of Defense to work on it. Nothing is out of the question,” he said at a summit with German Chancellor Scholz.

  • Russia claimed to have made advances in the Zaporizhzhia region of Ukraine. After months of stalemate in the southeastern region, Moscow-installed officials say the front is now “mobile”, while the Ukrainian military reported that 15 settlements had come under artillery fire. “During offensive operations towards Zaporizhzhia, units of the Eastern Military District took up more favorable terrain and positions,” the defense ministry said on Sunday.

  • Zelenskiy has vowed that Ukraine will not tolerate corruption and this week promised key decisions on its uprooting. “I want this to be clear: there will be no return to what used to be, to the way different people lived close to state institutions or those who spent their lives chasing a chair,” he said in his nightly video address. The EU has made anti-corruption reform one of its key requirements for Ukraine’s membership of the bloc, after granting Kiev candidate status last year.

  • The Norwegian army chief estimates that 180,000 Russian troops were killed or wounded over the course of the conflict, while the figure for the Ukrainians is 100,000 military casualties and 30,000 civilian dead.. Norwegian defense chief Eirik Kristoffersen gave the numbers in an interview with TV2, without specifying how the numbers came about. The figures cannot be independently verified.

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