France warned that in Ukraine “the worst is yet to come”


French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian

“It is possible that the worst is yet to come” in Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said Thursday. referring to the siege and shelling of several Ukrainian cities.

“There is a logic of siege to be feared”to which “the Russians are used to”, warned Le Drian on public television France 2.

“Remember Aleppo, Grozny”said the French minister referring to the Syrian city and the Chechen capital, devastated by Russian bombing in 2016 and 1999 respectively.

Meanwhile, France recommends its citizens in Russia “whose presence is not essential” to leave the country.

On the other hand, Germany to increase arms supply to Ukraine after Russian invasion by sending an additional 2,700 anti-aircraft missiles, he told the AFP a government source.

The German government “approved new support for Ukraine,” supplying Soviet-made STRELA-type anti-aircraft missiles from former East German army stocks before reunification in 1990, the source added.

Service members of the pro-Russian troops in uniforms without insignia
Service members of the pro-Russian troops in uniforms without insignia

The support that Ukraine is receiving from the international community is such that even countries that have historically been neutral in the face of different armed conflicts are now on the side of Kiev to contain the advance of Russian troops. Finland, neutral but a member of the European Union (EU), reported earlier this week that it had made a “historic” decision to supply weapons to Ukraine.

Last Saturday, The German government took a turn by announcing that it will send “as soon as possible” to the Ukrainian troops a thousand anti-tank grenade launchers and 500 Stinger anti-aircraft defense missiles belonging to the German armed forces to support the Ukrainian troops.

The government then also confirmed authorization to the Netherlands for the supply of 400 German-produced anti-tank grenade launchers and to Estonia for the shipment of nine D-30 howitzers and ammunition for the armed forces of the former GDR.

The Ministry of Economy and Climate also reported last week of the authorization for the shipment of 14 armored vehicles for personal protection and, if necessary, for evacuation purposes, in addition to the supply of 10,000 tons of fuel via Poland.

The German Chancellor, Olaf Scholz announced on Sunday in a government declaration before the Bundestag (lower house) the intention to invest each year more than 2% of gross domestic product in defense.

The government spokesman, Steffen Hebestreit, subsequently confirmed that Germany intends to reach the 2% of GDP defense target as early as this year.

Scholz also announced an extraordinary item of 100,000 million to rearm the underfunded German armed forces.

(with information from AFP and EFE)

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