It’s the 49th week of the russia-Ukraine war, and here’s the recap of what happened lately.
Canadian Leopard 2 tanks en route to Ukraine
Canada sends Leopard 2 main battle tanks to support Ukraine’s Armed Forces. Defense Minister Anita Anand emphasizes Canada’s unwavering support for Ukraine.
2023 EU-Ukraine Summit
EU leaders hold a historic summit with Ukrainian President Zelensky in Kyiv under high-security measures. EU promises the tenth round of sanctions against russia by February 24, with measures including a price cap on maritime trade of russian petroleum products. EU is also examining ways to confiscate russian assets for Ukrainian reconstruction and has pledged energy equipment and childcare grant.
Lithuanians donate 1 million euros in one hour to buy radars for Ukraine
Lithuania raised over 1 million euros in one hour to purchase tactical radars for Ukraine through the Radarom! fundraising campaign. The amount was doubled by the Tesonet business accelerator to reach over 2 million euros, and the campaign has raised over 5 million euros so far. The founder of the campaign, Andrius Tapinas, expects the total amount of donations to double by the one-year anniversary of russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
BILD interviewed Vitali Klitschko in a missile crater in Kyiv
In his recent interview to BILD, Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko is calling for the West to provide Ukraine with fighter jets to defend against potential russian aggression, as Kyiv remains a target. He says the military officers believe that the jets are necessary for defense.
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New U.S. aid package includes longer-range bombs for Ukraine
The Biden administration is giving Ukraine a longer-range bomb, the Ground-Launched Small Diameter Bomb, as part of a $2.2 billion aid package. The bomb is composed of a precision-guided 250-pound bomb attached to a rocket motor and fired from a ground launcher. The delivery of the new weapon is expected later this year.