Germany is ready to send its troops to the east of Ukraine, according to Reuters , citing a government source. Newspaper Bild claims that the mission will be about 200 troops, whose main task will be the protection of the inspectors of the OSCE. It is assumed that the OSCE mission will ensure compliance with agreements between the security forces and separatists in the 30-kilometer buffer zone demarcation which began on Saturday.
Source Reuters reported that the Bundeswehr is technical training in case a political decision that the German soldiers and equipment to become a part of the OSCE mission in eastern Ukraine.
Timing, amount and composition of the military until “can not predict”, since the concept of the mission worked out and will depend on the situation in Ukraine, as well as the conditions formulated by the OSCE, said the source agency. At the same time, the German newspaper Bild reports that the mission will be about 200 troops. They will protect the inspectors of the OSCE, as well as serve the drones to help those looking to track compliance with agreements.
Bild also announced that it is involved in the elaboration of the mission in France.
German Defense Minister Ursula von der Lyayen confirmed that the OSCE has sent the German and French request for drones as their own organizations do not have. At the NATO summit in September, Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Francois Hollande agreed to consider a variety of options to help the Ukrainian mission.
Von der Lyayen argues that until the final decisions have been made: now assesses the prospects for a team of inspectors of the two countries, their report will consider the OSCE, and then will discuss details.
Germany sends humanitarian aid to Ukraine on the eve of the winter
More than 100 trucks with humanitarian aid should arrive in Ukraine in mid-October. First of all, it will distribute in Kharkov, Slavic, Mariupol, Zaporozhye and Dnepropetrovsk, reports DW citing the Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development.
Humanitarian assistance includes, in particular, mobile home, mobile kitchens, heaters, winter clothing and blankets. Some of the things will be bought in Ukraine. The total cost of humanitarian cargo is estimated at approximately 10 million euros. As stated on the website of the German Ministry of Georgia agreed with the Ukrainian authorities.
Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development of Germany Gerd Muller will be personally involved in the transfer of part of the goods to residents of Kharkiv. His visit is scheduled for October 14.
According to the magazine Der Spiegel, the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Germany, plans Muller perceived as a “staged event”. His visit to Ukraine was also caused confusion in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Germany, since this agency should be engaged in the negotiation and delivery of humanitarian aid.