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France to send howitzers rejected by EU ally to Ukraine – media — RT World News


Kiev could receive up to 12 Caesar tanks from Paris that were destined for Denmark, Le Monde reports

France is reportedly preparing to deliver new weapons to Ukraine, which could include between six and 12 Caesar self-propelled howitzers, French newspaper Le Monde reports. report on Saturday. The report alleges that the guns were originally intended for Denmark, but Copenhagen says not all of them meet the required standards.

The Agreement is the result of “Prolonged Negotiation” between France, Ukraine and Denmark, Le Monde adds that Kiev had initially requested 15 artillery vehicles. According to Le Monde, French President Emmanuel Macron opposes the idea of ​​supplying Ukraine from the country’s military stockpile, because Paris has sent 18 Caesars to Kiev, accounting for almost a quarter of the arsenal of 76 such artillery. of France.

Le Monde said that instead, France decided to supply Ukraine with artillery pieces ordered by Denmark since 2017, adding that Copenhagen had agreed to forgo the purchase because the ordered firecrackers were still available. are in the process of technical verification and at least some of them do not meet the required specifications given by the Danish side.

Kiev was initially hesitant to accept the artillery pieces but eventually agreed to receive them as they are, Le Monde reported. The details of the delivery are still being finalized, but “Political Agreement” Between Macron, Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky and Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen have reached a relationship, according to Le Monde.

The report states that the Ceasars destined for Denmark weigh almost twice as much as those used by France (32 tons versus 18 tons). Among other differences were that they were mounted on eight-wheelers rather than six-wheelers, could carry up to 36 shells instead of 18, and their cabins had heavier armor.

Neither the Elysee Palace nor the French Ministry of Defense would comment on the report.

Earlier this week, the US Senate approved a $12 billion economic and military aid package for Ukraine. It earmarks $4.5 billion for the Ukrainian government and $3 billion for weapons and military equipment, while the remaining funding is earmarked to supplement the weapons the US has sent to Ukraine and allow for the transfer of more weapons. from US stockpiles.

In mid-September, an aide to Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky, Mikhail Podoliak, said that Kiev’s goals in the conflict with Russia were related to the capture of areas controlled by the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics. However, on Friday, the leaders of the two Donbass republics and of the Kherson and Zaporozhye regions, the last two countries that just declared their independence from Kiev, signed a treaty to join Russia. The documents will now be sent to the Russian Parliament for approval.

Moscow has previously said it will defend its territory with every available means and has repeatedly warned Western nations against sending more weapons to Ukraine. Russia claims such arms deliveries only prolong the conflict and cause suffering to civilians.

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