German tanks for Ukraine, Wagner Group, Macron's pension reform, Jacinda Ardern resigns

It is a yellow-coloured kitchen with all mod cons. But there is no wall left. The picture taken by Reuters photographer Yan Dobronosov shows the impact of last weekend's Russian air strike against an apartment building in the southeastern Ukrainian city of Dnipro. Some 45 people were killed when a cruise missile slammed into the building.

It's the week where policy learned a new word in German: Zeitenwende, which loosely translates as turning point. Germany's chancellor has already used the word quite a lot since he announced a €1 billion revamp of his country's military nearly one year ago. But this was the week he parted ways with his defence minister, Christine Lambrechts, who failed to deliver on Zeitenwende. Her resignation came days ahead of a crucial defence ministers' meeting at the US airbase in Ramstein, Germany. Earlier this month, France agreed to send AMX-10 RC armoured surveillance and combat vehicles, which Paris categorises as "light tanks".

A week ago at this time, the Kremlin was not only crowing about the taking of Soledar, its first battlefield win in months. It was also attributing it to the Wagner Group, fully bringing the private mercenary group of the shadows and into the light. This week came the desertion of a 26-year-old officer of Wagner, who claims he braved Russian bullets while crossing into Norway. Andrei Medvedev says the paramilitary group extended his contract without asking. He says everything changed after Wagner boss Yevgeny Prigozhin went into Russian prisons to recruit.

Produced by Charles Wente, Juliette Laurain, Imen Mellaz and Laura Burloux.


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