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Germany’s Scholz joins Nordic nations in calling for more military aid to Ukraine

Germany’s Scholz, alongside Nordic leaders, calls for ramping up military support, especially air defense systems, to aid Ukraine against Russia’s offensive.
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz in the German parliament. Photo: Olaf Scholz via Facebook
Germany’s Scholz joins Nordic nations in calling for more military aid to Ukraine

On 14 May, Germany’s Chancellor Olaf Scholz has joined forces with leaders of the Nordic nations to urgently call for boosting military assistance to Ukraine, especially air defense systems, as Kyiv struggles to repel Russia’s new offensive in the northeast, AFP reported.

Russia intensified its aerial attacks against Ukraine targeting primarily the country’s power generation and distribution facilities, while taking advantage of the six-month-long delay in the US military aid, which caused ammunition shortages in Ukraine. Last week, Russia launched a new offensive on Kharkiv Oblast’s north across the border.

During a summit in Sweden with Nordic prime ministers, Scholz emphasized that Ukraine requires “a lot of munitions, artillery tanks and air defense, and especially Patriot and the Iris-T system from Germany.”

“We will support Ukraine as long as it takes,” Scholz reiterated.

Scholz said Germany’s decision to send a third Patriot air defense battery in April was difficult due to limited supplies but “important.”

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Danish PM Mette Frederiksen echoed Scholz, stating the main reason for Ukraine’s current losses is “lack of air defense.”

We have to speed up, we have to scale up in a short-term perspective… Ukraine cannot win it on their own,” she urged, according to AFP, adding that Ukraine “cannot win it on their own… they have to do it with equipment from us.”

The Nordic countries are among Ukraine’s biggest donors, while Germany is the world’s second-largest donor after the US, according to the Kiel Institute.

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