Ukraine’s Defense Ministry said on Tuesday that Kiev had received “about 10% of the weapons” requested from Western countries to fight Russian forces on the ground, especially in the eastern Donbass region.
“Of the weapons we need, we receive about 10%,” said Deputy Defense Minister Anna Maliar, speaking to Ukrainian television.
“No matter the efforts made by Ukraine, no matter how professional our army is. Without the help of western partners, we will not be able to win this war,” he added.
The official also defended that “clear deadlines must be defined [de entrega]”, because “every day of delay is another day against the lives of Ukrainian soldiers and the people”.
“We can’t wait too long, because the situation is very difficult”, underlined Anna Maliar, referring in particular to the Donbass, in eastern Ukraine, where Moscow has been progressing little by little over the last few weeks, and is now practically in control of the region. from Lugansk.
Also this Tuesday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky had again urged the West to send “faster (…) more weapons and military equipment”, pointing out that “the Russians have ten to one hundred times more [equipamento]”.
During a videoconference with Danish journalists, Zelensky stated that the Ukrainian army “does not have enough long-range weapons” and “armored vehicles”.
“The speed to reconquer the occupied territories really depends on the aid and weapons” sent by the West, insisted the head of state of Ukraine, assuring that with more weapons the Ukrainian forces “can advance”.
In the early hours of February 24, Russia launched a military offensive in Ukraine that has already caused more than 15 million people to flee their homes – more than eight million internally displaced people and more than 7.5 million to neighboring countries -, according to the latest UN data, which ranks this refugee crisis as the worst in Europe since the Second World War (1939-1945).
Also according to the United Nations, around 15 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance in Ukraine.
The Russian invasion – justified by Russian President Vladimir Putin, with the need to “denazify” and demilitarize Ukraine for Russia’s security – was condemned by the international community in general, which responded by sending weapons to Ukraine and imposing Russia of sanctions that affect practically all sectors, from banking to sports.
The UN confirmed that 4,432 civilians died and 5,499 were injured in the war, which this Tuesday entered its 111th day, stressing that the real numbers could be much higher and will only be known when there is access to fenced areas or under intense fighting. .
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