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Zelensky celebrates diplomatic success - Ukraine now gets ATACMS after all

2023-09-23T05:30:21.598Z

Highlights: Zelensky celebrates diplomatic success - Ukraine now gets ATACMS after all. US President Joe Biden is said to have promised Zelensky the delivery of a "small number" to ATAC MS. Canada assures Ukraine of military aid and funds for tanks, medical vehicles and F16 fighter pilots. Ukraine's president expressed gratitude for the NATO country's support during his first visit to Canada since Russia's invasion in February 2022. "Canada's support of Ukraine with weapons and equipment has allowed us to save thousands of lives," he said.



Status: 23.09.2023, 07:11 a.m.

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Volodymyr Zelensky ends his trip to North America and should be satisfied: Ukraine will now receive the long-awaited ATACMS missiles after all.

  • ATACMS for fight against Russia: Kyiv now gets ATACMS missiles for Ukraine war after all
  • Millions in aid for Kyiv: Canada assures Ukraine of military aid
  • From Washington to Canada: Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy meets Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

Update from September 23, 07:05 a.m.: At the end of his trip to North America, Volodymyr Zelensky is apparently celebrating a great diplomatic success. As reported by the Washington Post and the TV channel NBC News, among others, they are now ready to supply ATACMS weapons systems to Ukraine for the ongoing war against Russia. It is said to be a variant of the missile system that is also capable of firing cluster munitions. US President Joe Biden is said to have promised Zelensky the delivery of a "small number" to ATACMS. The White House did not want to confirm the reports when asked, but did not deny them either.

Zelenskyy, meanwhile, expressed gratitude for the NATO country's support during his first visit to Canada since Russia's invasion in February 2022. "Canada's support of Ukraine with weapons and equipment has allowed us to save thousands of lives," Zelenskyy said during a speech to parliament in the capital Ottawa. It was celebrated with great applause and cheers. Earlier, Zelensky was received at Parliament by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Trudeau also assured Ukraine of help in training its fighter pilots.

Volodymyr Zelensky in the Canadian Parliament. The Ukrainian president ends his North America with a diplomatic success. His country is now apparently receiving the long-awaited ATACMS missiles after all. © Sean Kilpatrick/dpa

Ukraine receives new weapons systems from Canada

Update from September 22, 22:48 p.m.: After successful military operations in Crimea and near Bakhmut, Ukraine received renewed pledges of additional support during President Volodymyr Zelenskyy's state visit to Canada. This significant pledge was announced by Ukraina Pravda on Friday evening and has a budget of approximately $650 million. These funds are intended for the procurement of additional Leopard tanks, medical vehicles and the training of F16 fighter pilots.

Earlier, President Zelensky expressed his appreciation for Canada's support in principle during his speech to the Canadian Parliament in Ottawa. In his words: "Canada's generous support in the form of weapons and equipment has given us the opportunity to save countless lives."

Zelensky in Canada: Trudeau pledges money for tanks

Update from September 22, 15:48 p.m.: At around 13 p.m. local time (19 p.m. CEST), Volodymyr Zelenskyy is expected at the Canadian Parliament in the capital Ottawa. There, the Ukrainian president will give a speech. Before that, Zelensky and his wife Olena Zelenska will visit the Governor General of Canada, Mary Simon. Simon is the representative of King Charles III, who is officially the head of state of Canada. She and her husband receive the Zelenskyy couple at Rideau Hall, the official residence of the King of Canada and his representation.

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Update from September 22, 08:45 a.m.: Volodymyr Zelensky's visit to Canada, according to Justin Trudeau, has a clear goal: to help "ensure that the Ukrainian people can continue to defend themselves against Russia's brutal and unjustified invasion," according to the prime minister's office. According to US media, after his visit to Ottawa, Zelensky is planning a short trip to Toronto to meet compatriots there. Around 70,000 people with Ukrainian roots live in the Canadian city.

Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau receives Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky at the airport in Ottawa. © IMAGO/Justin Tang

Volodymyr Zelenskyy meets Justin Trudeau

Update of September 22, 4:20 a.m.: After his visit to the United States, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy continues his trip abroad with a stopover in neighboring Canada. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will receive him in the capital Ottawa, the Canadian government surprisingly announced on Thursday evening (local time).

During his stay in the NATO country, which is planned until Friday, Zelenkyj is also scheduled to give a speech to parliament. After that, the Ukrainian president will travel on to Toronto, where he will meet with Canadian business leaders.

Biden assures Zelensky of further support

Update from September 21, 23:40 p.m.: US President Joe Biden has received Ukrainian leader Volodymyr Zelensky at the White House, assuring him of further support in the war against Russia. The U.S. would ensure that the "world stands with Ukraine," Biden said during a conversation with Zelensky in the Oval Office. Zelensky thanked the United States for its support in the fight against "Russian terror". Earlier, he met with senators and congressmen at the Capitol and held "very strong" talks behind closed doors, the Ukrainian president said

Meanwhile, Biden's national security adviser Jake Sullivan announced a new package of military aid to Kyiv. However, he clarified that the package does not include ATACMS missiles, which Zelensky wants. After careful consideration, Biden decided against supplying these effective long-range missiles, Sullivan said. "But he doesn't rule it out for the future either."

Support in the Ukraine war: Zelensky arrives in Washington

Washington D.C. - Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has arrived in the US capital Washington for his visit after his appearance at the UN General Assembly in New York. On Thursday morning, he spoke with members of the U.S. Parliament. After a meeting with senators, he was optimistic: "We had a great conversation," Zelensky said, according to the German Press Agency (dpa). The head of government of Ukraine, which has been invaded by Russia, is grateful for the support his country is receiving from the United States.

Ukraine war: Volodymyr Zelenskyy hopes for further US support

The US is by far Ukraine's most important partner in the war against the Russian aggressor. Zelensky is seeking further support in the defensive fight against the Russian invasion. In particular, Kyiv hopes that the Biden administration will provide Ukraine with long-range ATACMS missiles that could turn the tide in the Ukraine war. US President Joe Biden will meet Zelensky in the afternoon (local time).

It is already Zelensky's second visit to Washington since the beginning of the Ukraine war. On his first visit at the end of December 2022, the Ukrainian president was received like a hero and addressed both chambers of the US Congress to the cheers of representatives and senators. In the meantime, however, the political climate in the US has changed.

USA: More and more Republicans criticize military aid to Ukraine

According to polls, the willingness of the American public to support Kyiv in the Ukraine war is declining, as reported by the New York Times. Republicans have long criticized the Biden administration's latest Ukraine aid package, which is worth $24 billion. There is considerable skepticism in their ranks as to whether the US should continue to pump money on a large scale into a war whose end is not in sight. In front of the Capitol and escorted into the building, Zelensky was greeted by the Democratic minority leader in the House of Representatives, Hakeem Jeffries.

Since last January, the Republicans have had a majority in the House of Representatives, ensuring that Zelensky will be received less euphorically this time. Leading representatives of the Republicans stayed away from the meeting with Zelensky in Congress. Republican Speaker of the House of Representatives, Kevin McCarthy, refused to allow the Ukrainian president to address both chambers of parliament. "We don't have time for a joint meeting," he said, according to CNN.

Following his visit to the Capitol, Zelensky arrived at the Pentagon and was received by US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin. (With agent material)

Source: merkur

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