German Defense Minister Boris Pistorius is in Kiev for an unannounced visit to show Berlin’s support for Ukraine. This trip comes after concerns about declining support for Ukraine due to a shift in focus toward war in the Middle East. Pistorius arrived by train and will have talks with his Ukrainian counterpart and President Volodymyr Zelensky.
Berlin, the second largest supplier of military equipment to Kiev after the United States, is seeking to reassure Ukraine by increasing its military aid. The increase in Russian airstrikes and the potential for further attacks on Kiev’s energy facilities prompted this move. This visit is Pistorius’ second trip to Kiev since becoming defense minister earlier this year, following US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin’s unannounced trip just a day ago.
During his time in Kiev, Pistorius will attend a wreath-laying ceremony in Maidan square and visit a military training center. In response to the Russian invasion, Germany has dramatically increased its support for Ukraine by delivering a range of armaments, including heavy tanks, air defense systems, and ammunition.