Germany was initially reluctant to provide lethal weapons to Ukraine, but is now one of the largest suppliers of weapons to Ukraine. Zelensky is expected to travel to the western German city of Aachen after meeting Chancellor Olaf Scholz and other senior officials.
Berlin. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said on Sunday that his country is preparing a retaliatory offensive to liberate Ukrainian territories occupied by Russia, but it is not aimed at Russian territories. Addressing a news conference in Berlin with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, Zelensky said Ukraine’s goal was to liberate territories within its internationally recognized borders. Meanwhile, Scholz told Zelensky that Germany would support Ukraine “as long as necessary”.
Earlier in the day, Zelensky was received by the German Chancellor on his arrival in Berlin. Zelensky is on his first visit to Germany since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. During the visit, Zelensky will hold talks with German leaders about sending weapons and arms to help defend his country against Russian aggression and rebuilding infrastructure devastated by more than a year of devastating war. Zelensky reached Germany’s capital Berlin from Italy’s capital Rome by Luftwaffe plane.
In Rome, Zelensky met with Pope Francis and Italian Prime Minister Georgia Meloni. On the eve of Zelensky’s arrival in Berlin, the German government announced more than $3 billion in military aid to Ukraine, including tanks, anti-aircraft systems and ammunition. “I’m in Berlin,” Zelensky tweeted on Sunday outlining his travel priorities. Weapons…powerful package….air defense….reconstruction…European Union…NATO….security.’
Germany was initially reluctant to provide lethal weapons to Ukraine, but is now one of the largest suppliers of weapons to Ukraine. After meeting Chancellor Olaf Scholz and other senior officials, Zelensky is expected to travel to the western German city of Aachen, where he will be presented with the International Charlemagne Prize.
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