German Defense Minister Boris Pistorius has arrived in Ukraine for an unannounced visit. Pistorius arrived in the capital Kiev by train on Tuesday morning. With his visit, the minister wanted to reconfirm German support for Ukraine, it was said from Berlin.
Talks with his Ukrainian counterpart Rustem Umerov and President Volodymyr Zelensky are scheduled for the rest of Tuesday. The major topics of the trip are the training of Ukrainian soldiers and military aid.
In addition to political discussions, a wreath-laying ceremony on Maidan Square, where pro-European protests began a decade ago, and a visit to a Ukrainian military training center are also planned. Pistorius also wanted to ‘get a personal picture of the current situation and the effectiveness of German support’.
Russia attacks again
The German Defense Minister’s visit comes against the backdrop of a recent increase in Russian airstrikes in Ukraine. Just like last winter, Kiev expects massive attacks on its energy supply infrastructure in the coming months.
At the end of October, Germany delivered a third Iris T-SLM air defense system. Another example will follow as part of the German “winter package” for Ukraine.
It is Pistorius’s second visit to Kiev since taking office as defense minister. He was last in Kiev in February. US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin also arrived in Kiev on Monday for his second visit since the start of the war.
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