Day 331 of the Invasion of Ukraine: Unprecedented Help from the US and European Countries
Here are the highlights of events related to the war in Ukraine over the past 24 hours:
A group of 11 NATO countries pledged new military aid to Ukraine
A group of 11 NATO countries, including Britain and Poland, pledged new military aid to support Ukraine's war with Russia on Thursday, a day before a key arms meeting for Kyiv scheduled for Friday in Germany.
"The West must remain united and continue to support Ukraine with military aid," said Estonian Defense Minister Hanno Pevkur during a news conference in his homeland, held jointly with his British counterpart and other officials.
"What Ukraine needs most is heavy weaponry... The hardest battles are yet to come," said the Estonian minister.
Gathering at the Tapa military base, officials promised missiles, Stinger air defense systems, anti-aircraft guns, machine guns, training and other equipment and services (details - below).
Britain, which has already announced plans to send tanks to Ukraine, will also send 600 Brimstone missiles, Defense Secretary Ben Wallace said as he listed details.
Poland is sending S-60 anti-aircraft guns with 70,000 57-mm shells and is ready to donate German Leopard 2 tanks, "pending (a) wider coalition" of donors of this tank, according to a joint statement from the meeting in the Baltic republic .
The potential delivery of Leopard tanks is expected to be high on the agenda when a much wider group of countries, including the United States, meet on Friday at Germany's Ramstein air base.
Several countries will announce the deployment of Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine on Friday at a meeting at Germany's Ramstein air base, Lithuania's defense minister said at a ceremony in Tapa on...