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Scholz and Zelensky discussed possible strengthening of military aid

In a telephone conversation Wednesday, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky discussed the strengthening of Ukraine’s defensive capabilities against Russian invasion.

According to the Ukrainian head of state’s posting on the social network Twitter, the leaders also discussed the need to agree on a financial aid program with the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

Zelensky was also grateful for the confirmation of the €5 billion in aid approved by the European Union (EU).

For his part, German government spokesman Steffen Hebestreit reported that Scholz stressed not only military support for Ukraine but also assured Kyiv that Berlin would help Kyiv on political, financial, and humanitarian issues to counter the Russian invasion.

Finally, the leaders also addressed the situation at the Russian-controlled Zaporijia nuclear power plant, which has been the scene of clashes, with a report by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on Tuesday calling for the creation of a “safety zone.”

Scholz and Zelensky agreed that the safety and security of the nuclear power plant is a matter of utmost importance, which is why they consider it strictly necessary to adopt the recommendations launched by the IAEA.

The military offensive launched on February 24 by Russia in Ukraine has already caused the flight of more than 13 million people—more than six million internally displaced and more than seven million to neighbouring countries—according to the latest data from the UN, which ranks this refugee crisis as the worst in Europe since World War II (1939–1945).

The Russian invasion—justified by Putin with the need to “denazify” and demilitarise Ukraine for Russia’s security—has been condemned by the international community in general, which has responded by sending arms to Ukraine and imposing political and economic sanctions on Russia.

The UN reported 5,718 civilians killed and 8,199 wounded since the beginning of the war, which entered its 196th day today, as confirmed, stressing that these numbers are far below the real ones.

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