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US and Germany increase military aid to Ukraine by 3.5 billion on independence day

Volodímir Zelenski and his Polish counterpart, Andrzej Duda, this Tuesday in kyiv.

31 years after his independence from the Soviet UnionUkraine celebrates – on the day of the six months since Vladimir Putin began the invasion of his territory in what he called a “special military operation” – a “party” day. Although the Ukrainian president, Volodymyr Zelensky, seeks to keep the military conflict out of the headlines, the country celebrates its Soviet autonomy submerged in a threat of Russian retaliation after the Darya Dugina attack last Saturday in Moscow, in addition to having half a territory occupied by the Kremlin troops.

“It is not a surprise to anyone that Russia tries to do something special these days. We know how they act, how they always provoke,” Zelensky said on Tuesday when meeting in kyiv with his Polish colleague, Andrzej Duda. The Ukrainian president has confirmed having received information from foreign secret services about Russia’s plans.

The notorious crime, of which Moscow directly accused kyiv, added to the sabotage actions committed in recent weeks in the occupied territories by Russian troops and in the annexed Crimean peninsula, have triggered tension between both sides in the rear.

[Alexander Dugin, en el funeral de su hija: “Ha muerto por Rusia pero no en el frente, sino aquí”]

Is there a threat? there is a threat. I think this threat is daily. Is there additional information? We know the priorities. They attack state infrastructure or institutions, but I don’t see that much has changed since day one. Russia does it constantly,” he stressed.

The Ukrainian response in recent weeks has taken the form of explosions at military installations, arsenals, bridges and supply lines, demonstrating the vulnerability of the Russian rear.

Volodímir Zelenski and his Polish counterpart, Andrzej Duda, this Tuesday in kyiv.

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This situation coincides with a new defense and weapons aid package how much USA What Germany will ship to Ukraine soon. This was announced by both countries on Tuesday. A White House spokesman stated at a press conference that Washington is preparing to send the largest aid package since the war began, a total of 3 billion dollars (a little more than 3,000 million euros).

For his part, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz added €500 million more to that figure by confirming that it would also send a new aid package focused on weapons. Germany plans to supply three additional Iris-T air defense systems, a dozen armored recovery vehicles, 20 rocket launchers, precision ammunition and anti-drone systems. Weapons to be delivered in 2023, some possibly earlier.

[Natalia Vovk, la supuesta espía ucraniana a la que Rusia acusa del asesinato de Darya Dugina]

Independence without celebrations

The situation that the Ukrainian territory is going through does not allow any type of celebration either in its capital or outside it. For this reason, a rave with DJs and music has been organized in Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania, so that the important date for the Ukrainian people can be commemorated.

The threat of a new military escalation has led the authorities to suspend all celebrations, prohibited public acts for a week, ordered teleworking for civil servants in the capital and cut working hours in metropolitan areas.

“What will Ukraine do if they attack kyiv? The same as now. If they attack us, they will receive a response, a forceful responseAnd with each passing day, “this response will increase” and become “stronger and stronger,” Zelensky said.

The United States said on Tuesday that it believes that Russia will intensify attacks in Ukraine against civilians and government offices in the coming days, for which it reiterated the call for its citizens to leave the country.

A young man visits an abandoned Russian tank in kyiv.

A young man visits an abandoned Russian tank in kyiv.

There will be no “mercy” with Ukraine

Not to mention Ukraine, the Russian Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrovwarned this Tuesday that there will be no “mercy” with the organizers of the murder of Dúguina, daughter of the Eurasianist intellectual Alexandr Duguin.

“I think it was a barbaric crime for which there can be no forgiveness“, he said at a press conference after Putin called the murder “vile” and “cruel” in a telegram of condolences to the family.

Lavrov did not dare to judge whether it was an “act of intimidation or a settling of scores”, although he recalled that the FSB, which directly accused Ukraine of the murder on Monday, is investigating the crime.

[Sólo el nacionalismo ruso da credibilidad a las tesis del Kremlin sobre la asesina de Darya Dugina]

“I hope that the investigation will be concluded soon and as a result, of course, there can be no mercy for the organizers (of the assassination), those who commissioned it and the perpetrators,” he said.

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