Germany sends tanks to Ukraine as US says Russia “will be defeated” – BBC News

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as the conflict in ukraine enters its third month the united nations secretary general has embarked on a diplomatic mission to moscow antonio guterres took part in talks with president putin after which the russian leader repeated his stated reasons for invading ukraine while claiming that he still hoped for a diplomatic solution in a major policy move germany has now authorized the supply of dozens of tanks to ukraine and the u.s has committed to supporting ukraine’s resistance for the long haul our russia editor steve rosenberg reports now from moscow [Music] he was trying to show it was business as usual in the kremlin vladimir putin began the day meeting russian olympic champions like them he hates losing with the olympians putin was up close and personal not so with his next guest the un secretary general had come to talk about russia’s invasion of ukraine the seating plan said everything about the gap between moscow and the international community [Music] you’re telling me that russia’s humanitarian corridors in ukraine are not functioning mr secretary general you’ve been deceived the corridors are open we’ve helped more than a hundred thousand people leave mariupol and from the u.n a plea to russia for peace it is my deep conviction that the sooner we end this war the better for the people of ukraine for the people of the russian federation and those far beyond the kremlin agreed in principle to un and red cross involvement in evacuations from mariupol but moscow isn’t rushing to halt its offensive for diplomacy to succeed there needs to be the political will for peace but right now there’s little sign of that in the kremlin vladimir putin seems determined to continue the offensive he launched in ukraine at least until he can secure what he can present to the russian people as a victory that means no ceasefire in ukraine the russian military continues to attack and continues to deny that russian troops have committed war crimes kremlin critics argue that considering the scale of destruction the u.n chief should have traveled to ukraine first before flying to moscow i’m not in a position to give any advices to this general secretary of united nations but i i would probably go to mario pool first i would go to bucha i would go to pain i would go to all these places talk to people and then fly back to moscow and meet with putin and say mr president what you’re doing is crying russia claims to be acting in self-defense but it was president putin who ordered his troops to attack ukraine the kremlin started this it’s determined to end it on its terms well that was uh steve’s report let’s join in now live in moscow our russia editor steve rosenberg steve you observed that session today and president putin and antonio guterres what did you make of president putin’s own uh demeanor if you like and what have we learned about the latest thinking in moscow yeah well first of all what have we learnt about vladimir putin that nothing has changed there is no sign that the kremlin leader is ready for peace he continues to try to justify his actions justify his so-called special military operation and seating the un secretary general at that enormous table that was a real statement i think this was not a host who was saying welcome to moscow let’s have a cozy chat the second thing is there is growing tension we see between russia and the west today moscow accused britain of trying to provoke ukraine into attacking targets on russian territory and one of mr putin’s closest allies nikolai patricia who heads the powerful security council russian security council he claimed that the actions of western governments and the ukrainian government would lead to the break-up of ukraine into several states that sounds like a warning or even a threat so basically what we’re seeing from moscow is not de-escalation it’s escalation and another example of that from tomorrow russia is stopping gas supplies gas supplies to bulgaria and to poland so as well as this military conflict now it seems that we’re going to have an energy war too steve many thanks again steve rosenberg our russia editor of the latest there in moscow uh let some more on today’s exchanges because the u.s secretary of defense says that he wants russia to be less able to bully its neighbors lloyd austin was speaking in germany at a meeting of more than 40 nations about the conflict in ukraine mr austin committed to supporting ukraine’s resistance against russia’s invasion for the long haul in his words and pledged to move heaven and earth to make sure that ukraine was ultimately victorious paul adams our diplomatic correspondent is with me what have we learned from these exchanges today paul well hugh i think this was the largest single expression of support for practical support for ukraine that we’ve seen so far more than 40 countries answering that call from lloyd austin that you just referred to to move heaven and earth to make sure that ukraine has what it needs a really calculated display of international solidarity as some countries are moving towards supplying much heavier more sophisticated equipment he talked about and praised the uk germany and canada who have all pledged armored vehicles in the last day or so now sergey lavrov as we’ve heard calls this a proxy war clearly it isn’t ukraine is fighting for itself not for anyone else but the west’s support for ukraine military and rhetorical is now more emphatic more bullish than ever and i you know lloyd austin says ukraine can win and everyone here in the room agrees he’s obviously trying to tie everyone in to making sure that that happens but just to give you an idea of so where that rhetoric is taking us you heard steve referring to this uh this threat from from moscow well this was triggered by james heapey the armed forces minister this morning who said that he wouldn’t mind if british weapons were used by ukraine to attack targets in russia the russian response was a rather specific threat it said they reserved the right to launch targeted missile strikes at facilities in kiev even if western advisors were present that’s a pretty specific and ominous warning and i think it gives you some idea of the extremely delicate and explosive territory that we’re now in as steve has already suggested paul many thanks once again paul adams our diplomatic correspondent