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Ukrainian, German presidents discuss defense issues

German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier holds a video call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky (on the screen) on Jan 17, 2023 at the presidential Bellevue Palace in Berlin. (WOLFGANG KUMM / POOL / AFP)

KYIV – Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said on Tuesday that he discussed defense issues with German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier during the meeting in the format of a video conference.

Zelensky said on Telegram that he talked about the situation on the frontline in Ukraine and the necessity of increasing defense support for Kyiv during the conversation.

Zelensky said he thanked Steinmeier for the assistance aimed at strengthening the capabilities of the Ukrainian army, and for the humanitarian and financial support for Kyiv.

The diplomatic process on the implementation of the Ukrainian Peace Formula was another theme of the talks, Zelensky said.

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Zelensky put forward a 10-point peace plan for ending the Russia-Ukraine conflict at the G20 summit in Indonesia in November 2022.