German Defense Minister Boris Pistorius has committed to providing additional military support to Ukraine in its conflict with Russia, with aid valued at 1.3 billion euros ($1.4 billion).
The assistance includes Iris-T SLM anti-aircraft missile systems, anti-tank mines, and 155-millimeter artillery shells, including 20,000 additional shells. Pistorius announced the commitment during a joint press conference with Ukrainian Defense Minister Rustem Umerov in Kyiv.
Andrii Yermak, the head of the Ukrainian president’s office, said it was “a great aid package.”
Pistorius’ unannounced trip to the Ukrainian capital came a day after U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin traveled to Ukraine and pledged American support “for the long haul,” including an additional $100 million in weapons from U.S. stockpiles.
The visits seemed to be part of a global political campaign to maintain public awareness of the war while other pressing issues, such as the Israel-Hamas conflict, vie for attention.
European Council President Charles Michel’s visit to Kyiv coincides with the 10th anniversary of Ukraine’s Revolution of Dignity. This revolution marked a significant turning point for Ukraine, leading to transformative changes and aligning the country more closely with the West. The events of the revolution also heightened tensions with Moscow, emphasizing Ukraine’s pursuit of a path independent from Russian influence. Michel’s visit underscores the importance of commemorating this historical moment and reaffirms the European Union’s support for Ukraine’s aspirations.
Pistorius honored the protesters who lost their lives a decade ago during the pro-European demonstrations, as per the report by dpa.