“Ukrainian diplomat Dmitro Kuleba warned on Tuesday that civilians will be killed as long as Germany fails to deliver its tanks, as Berlin has yet to respond favorably to Kiev’s request to deliver Leopard tanks, according to AFP.

​Dmytro KulebaPhoto: dpa picture alliance / Alamy / Alamy / Profimedia

“The longer such a decision is delayed, the more casualties there will be, the more civilians will die,” Kuleba said after a surprise visit by his German counterpart, Annalena Baerbock, to Kharkiv (northeast ).

Germany has pledged to supply more weapons to Ukraine and help the war-torn country join the European Union during a surprise visit by German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock, Sky News reports.

“This city is a symbol of the absolute insanity of this Russian war of aggression in Ukraine and the endless suffering that people, especially here in the east of the country, are dealing with every day,” Baerbock said.

The minister said he had offered “a new package” of aid, including 20 million euros for demining and the same amount for the development of the Starlink internet access network. She also announced new deliveries of generators for the Ukrainian energy infrastructure systematically bombed by Russia.

Last week, Germany promised to send Marder combat vehicles to Kiev as part of increased military support.

Annalena Baerbock also said that it is important not to lose sight of Ukraine’s place in Europe and its desire to join the EU.

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