There Germany “must be ready for aescalation in Ukraine». This is the warning issued by the German chancellor Olaf Scholz during a conference hosted by the newspaper Suddeutsche Zeitung to Berlin. «In the light of the developments of the war and the visible and growing failures of the Russia, we must be ready for an escalation,” the German chancellor reiterated. Scholz then commented on his recent trip in Chinaunderlining the importance of the joint statement issued by Berlin and Beijing in which the two nations pledged to strongly condemn the use of nuclear weapons. Not only the German government fears a further escalation of the conflict in Ukraine, but also that of Kiev. Today Anton Gerashchenkoadviser to the Ukrainian Interior Ministry, said that Russia would be preparing for «a second wave of mobilisation military in January». According to Gerashchenko, ‘the plan is to enlist 500 thousand-700 thousand people”. The Russians, wrote the Kiev government adviser on Twitter, «are starting to be disgruntled of the authorities: they cannot understand the losses in the army». Yesterday, the spokesman of the Kremlin Dmitry Peskov he had firmly denied the hypothesis of a second call-up for Russian army reservists.
Another 2.5 billion from Brussels
In the meantime, the economic and humanitarian support of theEuropean Union against the Kiev government. «The EU Commission is disbursing others 2.5 billion euros for Ukraine. We have in program 18 billion euros for 2023, with funding disbursed regularly”, the president of the Brussels executive announced on Twitter, Ursula von der Leyen. “For her urgent repairs and for a quick recovery leading to one reconstruction successful – added the president of the EU Commission – we will continue to support Ukraine for as long as necessary». The reply of the Ukrainian president arrives shortly Volodymyr Zelenskywho thanks the EU for guaranteeing «a strong contribution to the stability of Ukraine on the eve of a difficult winter».
Cover photo: EPA / FILIP SINGER | German Chancellor Olaf Scholz during a congress in Berlin, Germany (November 22, 2022)