BERLIN (AP) — Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy arrived in Berlin early Sunday for talks with German leaders over more arms supplies to help his country repel Russian invasion and rebuild what has been in more than one year of devastating conflict was destroyed.
On the eve of his arrival – which took place under tight security – the federal government announced a new package of military aid to Ukraine with aid worth more than 2.7 billion euros ($3 billion), including tanks, anti-aircraft systems and ammunition.
“Already in Berlin. Weapons. Powerful package. air defense. Reconstruction. EU. NATO. Security,” Zelenskyy tweeted on Sunday, apparently referring to the main priorities of his trip.
After meeting German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and other high-ranking officials at the Chancellery, the two heads of state and government are expected to fly to the western city of Aachen, where Zelenskyj will accept the International Charlemagne Prize bestowed upon him and the people of Ukraine.
Organizers say the award recognizes that their resistance to the Russian invasion was a defense “not only of their country’s sovereignty and the lives of its citizens, but also of Europe and European values.”