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Poland’s Prime Minister: “despite a deal between Warsaw and Berlin, according to which the German Bundeswehr was to send weapons to Poland to replace the weapons Poland send to Ukraine, no German arms have been transferred so far, despite Poland having supplied Ukraine with weapons “well over $2 billion [ca. EUR 2 bn] already, 300 tanks and other heavy equipment. What counts is not what is written on paper, but what is implemented…” https://tvpworld.com/62703067/ukraine-would-no-longer-exist-if-it-depended-on-germany-for-security-polish-pm
Yet Germany claims it can’t supply more? “Germany has ‘hit the limit’ for weapons supply to Ukraine: Despite rejecting a request to provide two tanks, Chancellor Olaf Scholz says he will continue to support the war-torn country” https://web.archive.org/web/20220911170545/https://www.telegraph.co.uk/world-news/2022/09/07/olaf-scholz-refuses-send-tanks-kyiv-request-ukrainian-pm/
Ukraine’s President Zelenskyy: “From the beginning of September until today, our warriors have already liberated more than 6,000 square kilometers of the territory of Ukraine – in the east and south. The movement of our troops continues.” https://www.president.gov.ua/en/news/mayemo-she-posiliti-nashu-spivpracyu-z-partnerami-shob-podol-77717
“This image of a captured Russian 2519 Msta-S self-propelled howitzer was released on September 12 by the Ukrainian military.” https://www.rferl.org/a/ukraine-war-abandoned-russian-equipment/32029623.html
“Ukrainian Troops Post Jubilant Videos Of Kharkiv Conquests”September 12, 2022 17:04 GMT By Current Time https://www.rferl.org/author/current-time
“Russian artillery litters the fields in areas of the Kharkiv region that Ukrainian troops have taken back in the last few days. Ukrainian soldiers have posted videos of themselves raising Ukrainian flags on buildings and being greeted by grateful residents. They say they have taken back some 20 towns and villages since September 8. Russia claims their retreat to the east is part of a planned operation to “regroup” its forces.” (c)2022 RFE/RL, Inc. https://www.rferl.org/a/ukraine-kharkiv-videos-russia-counterattack-liberation-flags/32030132.html (video at link or below).
“Ukrainian Troops Post Jubilant Videos Of Kharkiv Conquests video link: https://youtu.be/tblEvBIBRS4
“Ukraine would no longer exist if it depended on Germany for security: Polish PM mw/tm 11.09.2022, 17:16
“In an interview for the German ‘Der Spiegel’ weekly, Polish PM Mateusz Morawiecki spoke of the Poles’ disappointment with German assistance to Ukraine…
Germany’s failure to quickly acknowledge the follies of its energy policies, such as becoming so strongly dependent on Russian natural gas is another reason for Polish disappointment.
“Putin uses pipelines as weapons. For him they are an instrument of warfare,” said Mr Morawiecki, adding that “Ukraine drove the enemy back faster than the Germans were able to make decisions.”
The Polish PM also says that despite a deal between Warsaw and Berlin, according to which the German Bundeswehr was to send weapons to Poland to replace the weapons Poland send to Ukraine, no German arms have been transferred so far, despite Poland having supplied Ukraine with weapons “well over $2 billion [ca. EUR 2 bn] already, 300 tanks and other heavy equipment”.
“What counts is not what is written on paper, but what is implemented…
As he points out, Germany’s position in the EU is vital, and Berlin dragging its feet affects the pace at which the entire bloc functions.
“I understand that some things take time, but others should also be quite simple,” said Morawiecki, pointing out that the EU has agreed to give Ukraine EUR 9 bn back in June to ensure that the country is at least capable of continuing paying salaries to employees of vital state sectors, while the war disrupted the collection of taxes. He juxtaposes the slow process of transferring the money to Kyiv to the 2016 refugee crisis when the EU was swift to send money to Turkey to support the Syrian refugees and migrants from other countries…” Read the complete article-see video here: https://tvpworld.com/62703067/ukraine-would-no-longer-exist-if-it-depended-on-germany-for-security-polish-pm
“The Fourth Reich and Russia’s War Against Ukraine” FEB 24, 2022, 5:33 PM https://blogs.timesofisrael.com/the-fourth-reich-and-russias-war-against-ukraine/
“Germany has ‘hit the limit’ for weapons supply to Ukraine: Despite rejecting a request to provide two tanks, Chancellor Olaf Scholz says he will continue to support the war-torn country” By James Crisp, EUROPE EDITOR and Jorg Luyken IN BERLIN 7 September 2022 • 2:59pm https://web.archive.org/web/20220911170545/https://www.telegraph.co.uk/world-news/2022/09/07/olaf-scholz-refuses-send-tanks-kyiv-request-ukrainian-pm/
“Critics within Germany’s governing coalition have been pushing for Ms Lambrecht to donate more from the Bundeswehr’s stocks, arguing that giving Ukraine greater firepower would outweigh the costs of a short-term hit to the German defence capability: While Germany has delivered munitions out of the Bundeswehr’s stocks, the heavy weaponry it has sent to Ukraine had previously been decommissioned or has been ordered directly from German arms firms. Berlin has also been working on swap deals with countries such as the Czech Republic and Greece, whereby it replaces old Soviet weaponry sent to Ukraine with modern equipment…”, 7 Sept. 2022, Telegraph: https://web.archive.org/web/20220911170545/https://www.telegraph.co.uk/world-news/2022/09/07/olaf-scholz-refuses-send-tanks-kyiv-request-ukrainian-pm/