German defence minister Ursula von der Leyen presented a major defence equipment spending package to the German parliament on 27 January, setting out EUR130 billion (USD142 billion) in defence procurement over the next 15 years.
Von der Leyen’s package includes not only the procurement of more systems and platforms, but also the overhaul and modernisation of existing platforms. In total the Federal Ministry of Defence (BMVg) has identified about 1,500 individual measures it wants to take by 2030. Continue reading
Exclusive: Telegraph witnesses Russian armoured vehicles and military trucks cross the border from Russia into Ukraine
A separate, larger convoy of around 270 Russian trucks, which Moscow claims is carrying aid, rumbled to a halt just short of the border on Thursday night, while in east Ukraine, shells hit the centre of rebel-held Donetsk for the first time.
The Telegraph witnessed a column of vehicles including both armoured personal carriers and soft-skinned lorries crossing into Ukraine at an obscure border crossing near the Russian town of Donetsk shortly before 10pm local time.