Russian invasion: Situation report day 331
January 20, 2023 - President Zelensky expects a “strong response” from NATO and other allies, meeting in Germany, on supplying heavy weapons.
Eleven NATO countries agreed a package of military aid ahead of the meeting, including Stryker armoured vehicles, Stinger air defence systems, Brimstone ground attack missiles, and Cesar howitzers.
Poland says it may send Leopard 2 tanks even without German consent, with a “wider coalition” of donors including Lithuania to follow. Reports that Germany was awaiting a U.S. agreement to also send Abrams tanks as part of the deal have been denied.
Moldova is also requesting air defence systems from its allies, fearing a renewed Russian offensive to the east to secure a land corridor to the breakaway region of Transnistria.
- Russian offensive campaign assessment (ISW)
- Ukraine expects decisions on tanks at Western defence leaders' meeting (Reuters)
- No need for German, U.S. tanks to be sent to Ukraine simultaneously -defence minister (Reuters)
- Russia-Ukraine war at a glance: what we know on day 331 of the invasion (The Guardian)