Showing posts with label Ukraine. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Ukraine. Show all posts

February 19, Canada to donate over 800 drones to Ukraine for defence


Feb 19, 2024. Posted by Balkan Periscope - Hellas

Canada will donate more than 800 SkyRanger R70 multi-mission Unmanned Aerial Systems to Ukraine to help in its war with Russia, Canada's Defence Minister Bill Blair said on Monday.

February 19, He was poisoned


Russian head Igor Kirilov spoke up today with the latest information.

Feb 19, 2024. Posted by Balkan Periscope - Hellas

The Ukrainian armed forces poisoned the head of the Kherson region, Vladimir Saldo, with phenolic compounds.

February 16, Ukraine’s Zelenskyy signing security agreements with Germany, France as Kyiv shores up support

Feb 16, 2024. Posted by  Balkan Periscope - Hellas


Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy signed a bilateral security agreement with Germany and planned to sign another with France on Friday, securing a strong signal of long-term backing as Kyiv works to shore up Western support nearly two years after Russia launched its full-scale war.

February 15, France and Ukraine to sign a security agreement in Paris in the presence of President Zelenskyy


Feb 15, 2024. Posted by  Balkan Periscope - Hellas


French President Emmanuel Macron will sign a bilateral security agreement with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on Friday in Paris as part of a trip that will also go through Germany, the French presidency said in a statement.


February 7, Alert! Borrell was taken to a shelter


Feb 7, 2024. Posted by  Balkan Periscope - Hellas

EU High Representative for Foreign Policy and Security, Josep Borrell, who is on a two-day visit to Ukraine, announced that he spent the morning in a shelter.

January 9 - 16.9 Million Ukrainians in Need of Humanitarian Aid


Jan 9, 2024. Posted by  Balkan Periscope - Hellas

Matthew Saltmarsh, spokesperson for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), confirmed on Tuesday that about 16.9 million people in Ukraine urgently need humanitarian support.

Russia used North Korean missiles, US says


Jan 4, 2024. Posted by  Balkan Periscope - Hellas


The White House has said North Korea provided Russia with ballistic missiles and launchers for its invasion of Ukraine. Meanwhile, Putin sped up the Russian citizenship process for foreign fighters. DW has the latest.



Russian Missile Entered Polish Airspace During Attack on Ukraine


Dec 29, 2023. Posted by  Balkan Periscope - Hellas

A Russian missile passed through Polish airspace Friday, entering from and then back into Ukraine, the Polish army said, as Russia pummelled Ukraine with one of the biggest missile attacks of the war.

Giving up on Ukraine signals that the West is weak


Dec 27, 2023. Posted by  Balkan Periscope - Hellas

It's dragging on too long. It's too much of a drain on our resources. It's not our fight. These are some of the arguments - although to call them that gives them too much credit - being pushed in Western capitals at the moment.



When historians look back at our century from the vantage point of 2123, it’s possible they will regard this month as being as disastrous for future peace and prosperity – and freedom – as we now look back at the Munich Agreement of September 1938, or Hitler’s invasion of the Rhineland in March 1936.

Our failure to act against him then set the path which led to the Second World War. Disastrously, at the very time when Ukraine needs our support – in money and weapons – there are ever-louder calls for an accommodation to be reached with Vladimir Putin: which means in reality rewarding him for invading Ukraine.

It’s dragging on too long. It’s too much of a drain on our resources. It’s not our fight. These are some of the arguments – although to call them that gives them too much credit – being pushed in Western capitals at the moment.


Should they hold sway, they will mark a devastating defeat for the forces of freedom. They will show that the West is as weak as our enemies believe.

In February 2022 the West was near-unanimous in seeing Russia’s invasion as a black-and-white issue. We stood solidly by Ukraine’s side, supplying weapons and money, with eloquent speeches made pledging that the West would do whatever it took to help repel the invaders.

This was not altruism. It was – is – in all our interests that Russia is defeated. Had we simply stood back and shrugged our shoulders, offering nothing except solidarity, we would have been signing, if not our own, then the death warrant of any notion of international order, let alone international law.

We would have been signalling to Vladimir Putin and any other would-be aggressor that while we might talk a good game of defence and security, when push came to shove we would fold.

We would be sending a clear message that violence and force pay – a terrible, disastrous and ruinous message to send.

We know this is true because history has shown it time and time again. In 1936, for example, Hitler saw that he could break the terms of the Versailles Treaty by invading the Rhineland and the rest of Europe would simply stand and watch.


Similarly, when the German army entered Czechoslovakia in September 1939, we threw a hissy fit but then walked away from confrontation when Hitler signed the Munich Agreement – a meaningless piece of paper in which he said with a straight face that he had no more territorial ambitions. No wonder he then invaded Poland.

More recently, having spent a fortune in money and lives in Afghanistan fighting the Taliban, in 2021 we simply cut and ran, with US soldiers fleeing Kabul in much the same way as they left Saigon when it fell to the Viet Cong in 1975.

Vladimir Putin will have drawn the same conclusion as everyone else: that the West is spineless. He saw the same thing in 2014 when he invaded Crimea. We passed lots of resolutions and issued full-throated condemnations but what we actually did was: nothing. Which is why, eight years later, he invaded the rest of Ukraine.

Yes, we leapt to its aid and gave it weapons and money. But there is a Taliban phrase which is just as relevant for Ukraine: You have the watches, we have the time. In other words, at some point you will run out of patience – and we will be waiting when that happens. Which brings us to December 2023.


A fortnight ago Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky visited Washington to beg for help. Last year he was serenaded with a joint session of Congress and a $50billion aid package. But that aid runs out at the end of this month.

And, as things stand, that’s it. There is no more money.

President Biden understands why it is essential we do whatever it takes to defeat Russia, but his Republican opponents have taken leave of their senses and are refusing to consider more aid until Biden changes policy on illegal immigration.

I say they have taken leave of their senses, but they are in reality pre-empting a return to the White House by Donald Trump. The former president would stop all aid to Ukraine, handing Putin a terrible victory.


It is difficult to overstate how awful this is. Allowing Putin to walk away with land gained from aggression would mark the end of international law and destroy the next century.

The likes of China, Iran and North Korea would see that the West remains as weak and unreliable an ally as they have always believed. This is a disaster, and it is one of the West’s shameful making

Express (british)


Saxon PM Urges Germany-Russia Dialogue, Ukraine to Accept Territory Loss


Michael Kretschmer

Dec 27, 2023. Posted by  Balkan Periscope - Hellas

The Prime Minister of the German state of Saxony, Michael Kretschmer, said that Ukraine should come to terms with the occupation of its territories by Russia. This, in his opinion, will ensure a truce and a cease-fire.

The Italian government has approved the extension of military assistance to Ukraine until the end of 2024


Dec 19, 2023. Posted by  Balkan Periscope - Hellas

On Tuesday, December 19, the Italian government approved the decision to extend military assistance to Ukraine, and it will be continued until the end of 2024. Now, it requires confirmation by the parliament.

Bulgarian public radio cancels broadcast of interview with Russian ambassador


Eleonora Mitrofanova

Dec 16, 2023. Posted by  Balkan Periscope - Hellas

The programme board of public broadcaster Bulgarian National Radio (BNR) voted on December 16 to cancel the broadcast of a pre-recorded interview with Russian ambassador Eleonora Mitrofanova, a few hours before the broadcast was scheduled.

Bulgaria’s Parliament votes additional military aid for Ukraine, possibility of air space for F-16 training

Dec 8, 2023. Posted by  Balkan Periscope - Hellas


Bulgaria’s National Assembly voted on December 8 overwhelmingly in favour of additional military aid for Ukraine, the possibility of use of Bulgarian air space for F-16 training for Ukrainian pilots, and for a limited number of Ukrainian military personnel to be authorised to transit or stay in Bulgaria for training.

Zelenskyy to plead for US aid as reserves dry out


File photo. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy (C) walks with US House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries (L) as he arrives to meet with leaders of the US Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, USA, 21 September 2023.

Dec 5, 2023. Posted by  Balkan Periscope - Hellas

Ukraine President Volodomyr Zelenskyy and top aides to US President Joe Biden will make their case to US senators on Tuesday (5 December) about why a fresh infusion of military assistance is needed to help Ukraine repel Russian invaders.

Washington Post: Everything in Ukrainian counteroffensive went wrong

Dec 4, 2023. Posted by  Balkan Periscope - Hellas

“Everything went wrong,” evaluated the American newspaper ‘The Washington Post’ in a comprehensive analysis on Monday, dedicated to the Ukrainian counteroffensive against the Russian army that began in June this year.

NATO should be ready for ‘bad news’ from Ukraine, Stoltenberg warns


‘We have to support Ukraine in both good and bad times,’ NATO chief says in ARD interview.

Dec 4, 2023. Posted by  Balkan Periscope - Hellas

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg warned that the Western military alliance should be ready for bad news from the Ukrainian front as Kyiv continues to defend against Russia's all-out invasion.

Ukraine Seeks Urgent Assistance From Romania Due To Electricity Shortage


Nov 26, 2023. Posted by  Balkan Periscope - Hellas

Ukrenergo, Ukraine’s energy operator, announced on Thursday that the Ukrainian electricity grid is in a ‘difficult’ situation since Wednesday and has requested emergency supplies from Romania, Slovakia, and Poland, according to AFP.

Ukraine requires more air defense to shield grain export, says President Zelenskyy


Nov 25, 2023. Posted by  Balkan Periscope - Hellas


Ukraine needs more air defenses to protect its grain export routes as well regions bordering Russia, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said on Saturday, as he addressed an international summit on food security in Kyiv. The Swiss President during the summit also pledged to provide additional support to Kyiv.


Bulgaria sends armoured personnel carriers to Ukraine, free of charge


Nov 23, 2023. Posted by  Balkan Periscope - Hellas


The National Assembly on November 22 conclusively approved the provision of armoured transport equipment to Ukraine free of charge.