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Speaker of Russian parliament: arms supplies to Ukraine may end up in ‘global tragedy’

Vyacheslav Volodin, the Chairman of Russia’s State Duma, says supplies of offensive weapons to Ukraine may lead to “a global disaster”.

If NATO and Washington supply weapons that would be used to attack peaceful cities, “Russia would respond with retaliatory measures, using more powerful weapons”.

“Washington and Brussels are making decisions that are leading the world to a nightmare war, warfare of a different kind from what it is like today when strikes are only being executed against military and critical infrastructure used by the Kyiv regime,” Volodin wrote on Telegram.

He warned that arms supplies to Ukraine

may “end up in a global tragedy that would wipe out entire countries”.

Der Spiegel, citing sources in the German Defence Ministry, wrote that Germany had a list of Leopard tanks that could be considered for transfer to Ukraine. According to the list, in total, the Bundeswehr has 312 different Leopard tanks of 2 different series, of which one is decommissioned, and another 99 are under repair. According to journalists, it is quite possible that the Bundeswehr could transfer 19 Leopard 2A5 models to Kyiv.

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