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Trudeau promises to support Ukraine as Canadian warship departs for Black Sea

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Ukraine-crisis-Germany: Germany offers Ukraine helmets, Leave Kiev "speechless"

L'ALLEMAGNE OFFRE À L'UKRAINE DES CASQUES, LAISSE KIEV © Reuters / Fabian Bimmer Germany offers to Ukraine helmets, leaves Kiev "speechless"

Berlin (Reuters) - Germany said on Wednesday that it would provide 5,000 military helmets to Ukraine in the hypothesis of an offensive of Russia, an announcement that the Mayor of Kiev, Vitali Klitschko, called as "joke" leaving him "speechless".

Germany, criticized for its refusal to imitate other Western countries by sending weapons to Ukraine to defend against a potential Russian invasion, indicated that this delivery followed a request from the Ukrainian authorities.

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"I received a letter from the Ukraine Embassy asking for help with military equipment, helmets, precisely," said German Defense Minister.


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"We will provide Ukraine 5,000 helmets as a clear signal: we are At your side, "added Christine Lambrecht in front of journalists.

Ukraine's ambassador in Berlin, Andrei Melnik, said Reuters that this "symbolic gesture" was welcome but insufficient, adding that the Ukrainian army needed amenities for hundreds of thousands of soldiers - and not priority. helmets.

Vitali Klitschko, former boxing champion who resided for years in Germany, was much more skeptical. "The behavior of the German government leaves me speechless," said Kiev's mayor. "What is Germany going to send?" Pillows? ".

The German Chancellor Olaf Scholz defended Tuesday the position of the German Government, which for several years has been "not to deliver lethal weapons," he said.

(Reportage Paul Carrel, Sabine Siebold and Andreas Rinke; French version Jean Terzian)

Ukraine: Beijing defends "the concerns" of Russia .
© Vincent Isore / Maxppp / IP3 Press / Maxppp L E Foreign Minister, Wang Yi, has defended, Thursday, the "reasonable concerns" of the Russia for his safety, during a telephone exchange with his American counterpart Antony Blinken about the Ukraine . "We call all parties to calm, to refrain from increasing tensions and rising the crisis in pin," said Wang Yi, according to a statement broadcast by his department.

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