German Defense Minister arrived by train in Kyiv on Tuesday on an unannounced visit, where he is due to meet President .
Pistorius said he wanted to express Germany’s “deep solidarity and admiration for the courageous, brave and costly fight that is beingwaged here.”
The visit will touch upon military aid to Ukraine, as well as reaffirming Germany’s support in resisting the Russian invasion. Pistorius is scheduled to meet his Ukrainian counterpart, Rustem Umerov.
Pistorius also visited a makeshift memorial for those killed during the Maidan protests in Kyiv, which started on November 21, 2013.
“Courageous people of all ages took to the streets for freedom, for rapprochement with Europe, and paid for it with their lives,” hesaid.
Tuesday’s visit is Pistorius’ second time in Ukraine. He visited in February 2023, and pledged the delivery of German tanks.
Russia has stepped up its attacks on Ukraine in recent weeks, amid growing concern that Western countries have shifted their attention away from Ukraine, due to the situation in the Middle East.
Germany is the second biggest military supplier to Ukraine after the US. Washington’s military support to Ukraine amounts to €42.1 billion ($46 billion), and Berlin’s €17.1 billion, according the Kiel Institute for World Economy research center.
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