Czech Republic backtracks on finding cash to buy 800,000 shells for Ukraine – POLITICO

Prague is leading an initiative to purchase 500,000 artillery shells of 155 mm caliber and 300,000 artillery shells of 122 mm caliber for Kiev. A total of 18 countries have agreed to finance the purchases under the Czech Republic-led initiative. While some governments – including Norway, Belgium and the Netherlands – have announced actual financial … Read more

Sending Taurus missiles won’t escalate Ukraine war – POLITICO

“It is said at every stage that if you give anti-tank weapons to Ukraine, that is escalation. No, it wasn’t,” Cameron said at a press conference alongside German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock on Wednesday. ‘If you give tanks to the Ukrainians, that is escalation. No, that wasn’t the case. If you give long-range artillery or … Read more

Ukraine Allies Line Up Funds for 800,000 Artillery Shells

Ukraine’s allies have raised almost all the funding needed for a Czech-led initiative to purchase hundreds of thousands of artillery shells, according to a government official familiar with the arrangements. The commitments mean the grenades could be delivered to Ukraine within weeks, according to separate people, who spoke on condition of anonymity. The precise timing … Read more

Berlin blames Taurus call leak on officer logging in via insecure Singapore hotel line – POLITICO

On Friday, Russian state media outlet Russia Today released details of a 38-minute conversation between senior German officers – including the air force chief – in which they discussed the hypothetical shipment of Taurus cruise missiles to Ukraine as part of preparations for a meeting with Pistorius. Chancellor Olaf Scholz is against sending the missiles, … Read more

Russia-Ukraine war updates from March 4, 2024

17 Hours Ago NATO soldiers take part in a training exercise Soldiers from various NATO countries on Monday took part in an instalment of NATO’s Steadfast Defender 2024 military training exercise. The months-long exercise is the largest since the Cold War and will take place in various countries across Europe and cover domains including sea, … Read more

Putin’s masterful spy op leaves Scholz in the cold – POLITICO

For Putin, who after decades as Russia’s leader is still a spy through and through, there is no greater joy than outsmarting Russia’s opponents in the dark arts (especially Germany, where he built part of his KGB career as an agent). It is fair to say that Putin – however unconsciously – received great support … Read more

Germany and Russia spar over a leaked audio on missiles for Ukraine. Berlin promises to investigate

BERLIN (AP) — The German government on Monday strongly rejected accusations that Russia’s leak of a conversation by senior German military officers was an indication that Berlin was preparing for war against Russia. At the same time, the government sought to limit the domestic fallout from the leak and promised a swift investigation into how … Read more

The grand master of grandstanding – POLITICO

And yet, it appears Paris didn’t listen – or possibly even care – when Macron publicly raised the possibility, despite the clear response from his allies, which was echoed by leaders gathered in Paris before his press conference. Instead, the French leader noted blandly: “There is no consensus today to officially send ground troops.” So … Read more

Putin seeks to ‘destablise’ Germany with wiretap leak, defence minister says

Germany on Sunday accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of sowing division with the wiretap leak of a confidential German army conversation about the war in Ukraine, at a time when Berlin is under pressure to supply the Taurus missile to Kiev. Issued on: 03/03/2024 – 17:10Altered: 03/03/2024 – 17:23 1 minute A 38-minute recording of … Read more

Germany’s Scholz vows probe into ‘very serious’ leak of army talks on Ukraine war

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz promised a full investigation on Saturday after what appeared to be a recording of confidential army conversations about the war in Ukraine was posted on Russian social media, potentially causing huge embarrassment to Berlin. Issued on: 02/03/2024 – 14:51Altered: 02/03/2024 – 15:08 3 minutes The head of the Russian state-backed RT … Read more