RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany — Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Friday appealed to Western allies to provide tanks to Kyiv without delay, warning a meeting of dozens of defense ministers that “terror does not allow for discussion” and that “time remains a Russian weapon.”
Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin also urged officials at the Ukraine Defense Contact Group meeting in Germany to “keep our momentum and resolve” in supporting Ukraine, as the war approaches its 11th month. “This is a decisive moment for Ukraine — in a decisive decade for the world,” he said.
But Ukraine’s allies failed to resolve a rift over who will supply Kyiv with battle tanks , with Germany under pressure to send its Leopard 2 model. At a news conference Friday, Germany’s new Defense Minister Boris Pistorius dashed hopes of a quick decision, saying that Berlin was still weighing the pros and cons of supplying the tanks. The idea that Germany is “standing in the way” of allies who are ready to do so, he said, is “wrong.”
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4. From our correspondents
In Dnipro missile strike: Nine floors of random death and destruction: A Russian missile attack on a residential apartment block in Dnipro on Saturday, located on a street called Victory Embankment overlooking the Dnieper River, laid bare some of the most terrifying realities of this war, The Post’s Siobhán O’Grady and Anastacia Galouchka report. Safety is fleeting. Strikes are unpredictable. The smallest, most banal decisions make the difference between life and death.
The attack destroyed more than 70 apartments in a sprawling complex that housed not only local residents but many people displaced from elsewhere in the country. Some had fled the country’s harshest front lines in the east and south, only for the war to catch up to them in Dnipro, a city that was considered a relative safe haven.