Contents tagged with Germany

  • German police detains two suspects for alleged Russian espionage and sabotage plans

    Police in the Bavarian city of Bayreuth have detained two men suspected of plotting sabotage operations in Germany on behalf of Russian intelligence services reports the German weekly Der Spiegel, citing sources within investigative circles, as well as broadcaster ARD. The detained individuals, both citizens of Germany of Russian origin, are believed to have spied on US military bases and planned attacks on transport routes used for military purposes.

    The detention warrants were issued by …

  • Germany to supply Ukraine with additional Patriot air defense system amid Russian strikes

    Germany has decided to supply Ukraine with an additional Patriot air defense system in order to strengthen the country's defenses against Russia, the German Federal Ministry of Defense announced on Saturday, April 13. The anti-aircraft missile system, taken from Bundeswehr reserves, is to be delivered to the Ukrainian side without delay. The decision comes in response to escalated missile and bomb strikes by Russia on Ukrainian territory, the ministry said in a statement.

    "We are doing as much …

  • German companies linked to reconstruction efforts in Russian-occupied Mariupol

    German construction equipment and materials have been spotted in the occupied city of Mariupol, which was largely destroyed by Russian forces, ARD News reported. An investigation by ARD's Monitor magazine, which analyzed construction company reports and photo and video material from Mariupol, revealed the presence of German-made machinery and windows, as well as cement bags bearing the logo of Knauf, a major German company with business in Russia.

    In response to a query from ARD Monitor, Knauf …

  • Western allies, led by Germany, commit to strengthening Ukraine's air defense with Patriots

    Western allies led by Germany have agreed to bolster Ukraine's air defense by providing additional anti-aircraft systems, including the Patriot system, following a meeting of the Ukraine-NATO Council in Brussels, according to statements made by Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba and his German counterpart Annalena Baerbock.

    "After the Ukraine-NATO Council meeting, where I urged the Alliance countries to immediately provide Ukraine with additional air defense systems, specifically …

  • Germany announces €500 million military aid package for Ukraine

    Germany has prepared a new military aid package for Ukraine worth €500 million, announced German Defense Minister Boris Pistorius at a press conference during a meeting of the Contact Group on Ukraine, reports Tageschau.

    At the 20th meeting of the "Ramstein" format, Pistorius promised continued support. The head of the defense ministry emphasized that Germany would support Ukraine's defense against the ongoing Russian aggression by supplying further ammunition in the short term.

    He also …

  • UK offers to help Germany deliver Taurus missiles to Ukraine

    London Offers Taurus Missiles Delivery Aid to Ukraine, Placing German Chancellor Olaf Scholz in a Quandary

    According to BILD, the UK has proposed assisting Germany with the delivery of German Taurus missiles to Ukraine, a move that has put Chancellor Olaf Scholz in an uncomfortable position.

    The British Foreign Secretary, David Cameron, offered support to Germany for the transportation of the Taurus cruise missiles to Ukraine.

    "We are determined to work closely with our German partners on …

  • Germany in secret talks with India over ammunition supply to Ukraine

    According to Der Spiegel, Germany is engaged in covert negotiations with India to procure "several hundred thousand" artillery shells for Ukraine through intermediaries. 

    According to Der Speigel, an informal group of officers, diplomats, and civil servants from the Chancellery, as well as financial and economic departments, convene in Berlin biweekly.

    They look into which countries might possess ammunition stockpiles and strategies on persuading them. Government insiders indicate that nearly …

  • Bundeswehr Inspector General: Germany must prepare for potential conflict within five years

    Germany should be ready for a conflict with Russia within five years, according to Lt. Gen. Carsten Breuer, the Inspector General of the German Armed Forces (Bundeswehr). In an interview with the newspaper Welt am Sonntag, he asserted that enhancing combat readiness to wartime levels entails not only personnel readiness and material provision but also a necessary shift in the mindset of both society at large and the German military.

    With the Russian war against Ukraine, Breuer noted that the …

  • German Chancellor Scholz calls for continued support for Ukraine during Washington visit

    German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, during his visit to Washington, addressed American senators, calling for further assistance to Ukraine. "It was great to speak with members of the US Senate from both parties again. Ukraine needs our united support to defend itself against Russian aggression," the chancellor wrote early on Friday, February 9, on social network X.

    Scholz arrived in the United States the day before. This marks his third visit to Washington as the head of the German government. …

  • Scholz urges European nations to increase financial and military aid to Ukraine

    German Chancellor Olaf Scholz has renewed calls for European partners to bolster financial and military support for Ukraine. With difficulties facing U.S. President Joe Biden in passing a new aid package for Kyiv through Congress, supporters of Ukraine are in a particularly challenging position, stated Scholz at a meeting with German Social Democratic Party members of the European Parliament in Berlin on Sunday, January 28. Consequently, he emphasized that Europe must discuss "how each can …