German government pledges one billion euro military aid to Ukraine

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The German government said on Friday it planned to send more than €1 billion in military aid to Ukraine, NDTV reported on April 16.

Berlin has decided to increase its international aid in the defense sector “to two billion euros”, “the largest part being planned in the form of military aid for Ukraine”, told AFP a government spokesperson.

The military aid pledge comes amid complaints from kyiv that it is not receiving heavy weapons from Berlin.

The funds are to be used by Ukraine to finance mainly purchases of military equipment.

Germany’s move follows growing criticism from Ukraine and some EU partners, such as Poland and the Baltic states, over the lack of arms support for Kyiv.

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz has been criticized at home for his reluctance to send heavy weapons to Ukraine.

Scholz made an about-face in Germany’s defense policy following the Russian invasion.

The massive aid package comes as Russian forces retreating from the Kyiv region left behind the bodies of more than 900 massacred Ukrainian civilians, authorities said on Friday.

The vast majority of victims around the capital were “simply executed” by gunfire, police said.

Andriy Nebytov, the capital’s regional police chief, estimated that 95% of the bodies left behind in the region had been put to death.

Nebytov also claimed that citizens who expressed strong pro-Ukrainian views were hunted down and murdered.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky accused Russian occupying troops in the Kherson and Zaporizhzhia regions of committing similar atrocities.


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