In the midst of the conflict in Ukraine that has now extended to its 655th day, Germany has conveyed its supportive stance towards Ukraine through Chancellor Olaf Scholz. The Chancellor accentuated the necessity for durable assistance in Ukraine's defensive battle. The announcement comes as Ukrainian military personnel report significant Russian losses in the Avdiivka area of the Donetsk region. Casualties are reportedly 25% higher than those witnessed during the attack on Bakhmut.
German Aid and Russian Losses
Major Oleksiy Hetman of the Ukrainian National Guard indicated that Russian forces have sustained an average of 931 daily casualties in Avdiivka compared to 776 in Bakhmut. Despite these losses, the Russian forces have been unable to achieve any substantial success or alter the frontline fundamentally.
Meanwhile, Germany has been bolstering its support to Ukraine. Chancellor Scholz, during a Social Democratic Party conference, suggested that if other countries fail to stand by Ukraine, Germany should be prepared to amplify its aid. These comments were reported by Deutsche Welle.
Long-term Support and Peace Prospects
The Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, as quoted by Ria Novosti, has stated that a lasting peace in Ukraine can only be achieved if the West ceases to send weapons to Ukraine and if Kyiv accepts the 'new territorial realities'. This implies a change in borders established by Russian forces.
Ukraine's First Lady, Olena Zelenska, expressed her profound concern over the delay in assistance, particularly after the US Republican senators blocked a bill that would provide an additional $60 billion in support to Ukraine. Speaking to the BBC, she stressed the critical urgency of the aid, stating that without it, Ukrainians are left to die.
Romania's Schengen Prospects
The article also briefly mentions Romania's proximity to joining the Schengen Area. There are reports of Austria softening its position, which would allow Romanian citizens to avoid long queues when flying within the European Union.