A senior aide to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky published a photo of Ukrainian soldiers raising the country’s flag over a village he says is in the southern Kherson region targeted by the Ukrainian counteroffensive, BTA Reuters reports.
“Kherson region. Ukraine. Today,” Kyrylo Tymoshenko, deputy head of the presidential office, wrote in a Facebook post showing three soldiers on rooftops, one of them raising the Ukrainian flag.
If the settlement is captured, it would be a significant territorial gain in the counteroffensive that began last week and is aimed at the southern part of the country, BTA reported.
Kherson region, which was captured by Russian forces at the beginning of the conflict, is an important target of the Ukrainian counter-offensive. Kherson is located north of the Crimean peninsula, which Moscow annexed in February and March 2014, Reuters recalls.
At a meeting in Berlin today, Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmygal made specific proposals to German Chancellor Olaf Scholz to facilitate the delivery of Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine.
“We discussed this,” Schmigal told reporters after talks with Scholz in Berlin. “We even suggested how Germany could deliver these tanks to Ukraine.”
He said he could not reveal “all the agreements and all the details of the conversation” but said the two had “discussed all issues related to tanks and other military systems for Ukraine.”
Asked if he was optimistic that the battle tanks would eventually be delivered, Schmigal answered in the affirmative.
In the afternoon Scholz received Schmigal with military honors in front of the chancellery. The joint press conference on Saturday was canceled by the German side for scheduling reasons.
Even before his arrival in Berlin, Schmigal called on the German government to supply Ukraine with Leopard 2 battle tanks.
“We need a change in the philosophy of weapons supplies. By saying this, I mean that modern tanks should also be supplied,” Shmigal said in an interview with DPA. “Leopard 2” are “the modern tanks that Ukraine needs on the battlefield.”
So far, the German government has promised Ukraine more than 700 million euros worth of weapons, most of which have already been delivered – including some heavy weapons: 10 X-2000 heavy artillery, 15 anti-aircraft tanks, three salvo rocket launchers and three armored repair and evacuation vehicles.
So far, Scholz has expressed skepticism about the delivery of battle tanks. So far, no other NATO country has supplied Ukraine with Western-designed battle tanks. Scholz has always maintained the position that Germany will not take this step alone, DPA points out.