Leopard

Following weeks of hesitation, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz announced that his government will provide Ukraine with Leopard 2 battle tanks, as well as approve requests by other countries to do the same.

"This decision follows our well-known line of supporting Ukraine to the best of our ability," Scholz said following a cabinet meeting in Berlin. "Germany will always be at the forefront when it comes to supporting Ukraine," he later said.

Bureau Chief (Parliament Hill)

Matthew Horwood is the Parliamentary Bureau Chief of the Western Standard based in the Parliamentary Bureau. He has a degree in journalism from Carleton University and has been a reporter for the Hill Times and the Ottawa Business Journal.

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Forgettable

Peace now. Stop world war 3.More tanks and weapons are not the answer.

Gumby123

Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index of 2019 ranks Ukraine 120th out of 182 countries, making it the second most corrupt country in Europe. A Freedom House survey from the same year assessed the level of corruption in Ukraine as only slightly better than at the height of the presidency of Viktor Yanukovych, who was toppled out of office during the Maidan Revolution.

Do the research and see how Blackrock and its investors stand to make billions in the rebuilding, but their greed will bring the world into an escalated war. What's next, mens lives for elites profits?

bmatkin

Well, let's see. The WEF, the military industrial complex, the Democrats, the Rinos, Trudeau, the EU, the Bilderbergers, big tech, and the entire woke crowd are supporting Zelensky. The same Zelensky that banned the orthodox Church and opposition parties.

Biden wants to send Zelensky more weapons, and has yet to explain the bio labs found in the Ukraine.

I'm thinking the Russians just might be the good guys in this war. Is that possible?

The opposite side has done nothing but lie to us for about 20 years.

MTDEF

Good summary. Spot on.

Illusion

Disgusting that the WS basically appears to outright cheering the escalation into WW3. You do realize that if Russia gets backed into a corner in this fight, China is likely to join Russia and we will be in a world war that could destroy the planet or at least turn it into a wasteland of suffering and despair that you will wish you had never been born into. Am I crazy to expect, if my worst fears do come true and this war goes full-scale, that the writers at the WS will walk the walk and be the first ones to enlist to go and fight in a nuclear warzone and likely die from radiation poisoning and drone attacks seeing? I mean, it seems like they are doing everything they can to get the ball rolling.

The only responsible position to take right now is to push BOTH sides with everything we have to resume peace talks and be willing make serious concessions, and not do anything to escalate. It's well known in diplomatic relations that arming one side while demonizing the other in a conflict is a pro-escalation position. Given the grave conflicts of escalating a war with Russia, this is not only an irresponsible position but an evil one.

MTDEF

Thank you? meh. Ukraine and the West brought this on and they are entirely responsible. After Obama appointed Biden and his crack addled son as oligarch's following his CIA-led coup of Ukraine's duly elected, pro-Russian government, the inevitable was in sight. Once their puppet Zelensky was in place and a NATO membership bid in the works, this war was an inevitable (and the war parties rejoiced). Promises were given long ago by western leaders to Putin that the demilitarization of the old USSR's western borders would ensure none of those border nations would enter NATO. Those promises were quickly broken by the West. Ukraine was the final straw forcing Putin to act. The fault of this war lay with the West, and not surprisingly that to is where the windfall profits go as well. The continued deprivation of western civilization is a happy consequence as well. Only a fool, or a good sheeple, would support this war.

Mars Hill

Enjoy the movie.

northrungrader

I couldn't even read through the whole story before remembering what happened the last time German tanks rolled towards Russia. Surely the German people haven't forgotten already? Nothing good will come of this, unless you can profit Billions from a World War.

guest50

Thank you? No! As a person of Western Ukrainian decent (and who has actually read up on both the recent/near past), I condemn you.

This was a war started in 2015 by Ukrainians who did not like the voting results of Russian speakers in the Dombas.

The weapons, cash and equipment delivered to the Ukraine since the February 2022 onset of the war have done little more than kill multitudes of Ukrainians and Russians. Let's not even get started on well documented past and present Ukrainian corruption.

And no, I'm not naive. Having lived in Europe, I understand corruption has always been present throughout the region(s).

A pox on all houses that support this farce.

Footloose

Reports indicate Canada has allowed our tanks to deteriorate even with contract to maintain them through 2027. The report stated that none of our Leopard II's are operational.

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