Contents tagged with Germany

  • Media: Russians discussed a nuclear strike on Germany before the war with Ukraine

    A few weeks before the attack on Ukraine, the Russian army discussed scenarios for a nuclear strike on Germany, reports Spiegel, citing intelligence data. Western intelligence agencies allegedly intercepted Russian Navy radio communications during its drills in the Baltic Sea at the end of last year.

    The intercepted conversations focused on three targets for possible strikes: Berlin, the U.S. air base at Ramstein and Büchel Air Base, where the U.S. army stores nuclear weapons.

    Security …

  • Merkel: lasting peace in Europe is possible only together with Russia

    At a ceremony dedicated to the 77th anniversary of the Süddeutsche Zeitung in Munich, former German Chancellor Angela Merkel said that a "lasting peace" in Europe is possible only if Russia is part of it.

    According to her, the attack on Ukraine was a "deep turning point" and that "all of us must take words seriously, and not to classify them as bluff from the very beginning." The ex-chancellor stressed that a lasting peace in Europe can be achieved only with the participation of Russia.

    "As …

  • German intelligence providing Ukraine with information about locations and movement of Russian troops

    The German Federal Intelligence Service (BND) provides the Ukrainian Armed Forces with satellite data showing the positions and movements of the Russian army and also conducting analyses of combat capability and morale among Russian soldiers, reports the German newspaper Die Zeit.

    According to media reports, since May, the BND has handed over to Ukrainian intelligence more than 100 text reports and satellite images taken with the help of the Bundeswehr-owned SAR-Lupe reconnaissance satellite …

  • German media: Nord Stream and Nord Stream 2 pipelines damaged beyond repair

    German security services believe that the three branches of the Nord Stream and Nord Stream 2 gas pipelines were so seriously damaged that they will never be suitable for operation. If they are not repaired quickly, a large amount of salt water will get into the pipes, which will cause corrosion, reports the German newspaper Der Tagesspiegel, citing sources in German government circles.

    Like the European Commission, German security agencies and the German Federal Intelligence Service (BND) …

  • German media: Nord Stream and Nord Stream 2 gas pipelines may have been attacked by specially trained divers or submarines

    Russia's Nord Stream and Nord Stream 2 gas pipelines could have been attacked using submarines or specially trained divers, reports the German newspaper Der Tagesspiegel, citing sources close to the investigation of the incident.

    Representatives of the German authorities do not provide details about the incident, insisting on the lack of information and the need to dive to the bottom to find out the details. However, the sources of the newspaper say they do not believe in a coincidence that …

  • Berlin: Germany is ready to provide asylum to Russian 'draft dodgers'

    Russians who do not want to join the Russian army as part of the mobilization announced by the Russian president, Vladimnir Putin, will be able to obtain political asylum in Germany, said the German government.

    Evasion of mobilization is a convincing reason for a positive consideration of the application for political asylum in Germany, DW cites the press secretary of the German Chancellor Olaf Scholz.

    According to the German government, the corresponding instruction has already been given to …

  • Germany agrees to sell RCH-155 self-propelled howitzers to Ukraine

    Germany approved the sale of 18 self-propelled artillery systems RCH-155 to Ukraine. However, their delivery is possible no earlier than 2025, reported the German newspaper Welt am Sonntag.

    According to Welt am Sonntag, the contract for the supply of 18 self-propelled artillery systems costs 216 million euros.

    The Ukrainian and German Defense Ministers - Oleksiy Reznikov and Christine Lambrecht- discussed the contract this July. However, deliveries of RCH-155 will take place no earlier than 30 …

  • German Chancellor Scholz refuses to supply Leopard tanks to Ukraine

    German Chancellor Olaf Scholz rejected the request of the Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmygal for the supply of additional heavy weapons to Ukraine, reports the German newspaper Welt, citing Ukrainian government officials.

    Shmygal reportedly asked for the supply of Leopard 2 tanks after, on April 8, the defense company Krauss-Maffei Wegmann  offered a direct delivery of these tanks to Ukraine. At that time, the company had already agreed to supply Ukraine with 100 Leopard 2A7 tanks, …

  • NATO is sourcing winter uniforms for Ukrainian troops

    NATO members are preparing a winter aid package for Ukraine, including warm uniforms, winter shoes and tents, reported Spiegel.

    In late July, Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov submitted a request to the Secretary General of the Alliance Jens Stoltenberg to provide winter uniforms for 200,000 Ukrainian soldiers.

    Reznikov urged to prepare clothes and winter tents for the military as soon as possible before the cold weather begins.

    NATO confirmed to reporters that it is in contact …

  • Two high-ranking German officials suspected of having close ties with Russia after inconsistencies found in Nord Stream 2 documents

    Two high-ranking officials in the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action are suspected of having ties with Russia. Their case is handled by the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution of Germany (BfV).

    According to the newspaper Die Zeit, in the spring, the trustees of the Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Climate Protection, Robert Habeck, during the study of internal documents, found inconsistencies in documents on Nord Stream 2, volumes in the gas …