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NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg confirmed on Wednesday that Western allies would meet this week to discuss another aid package for Kyiv ahead of the NATO summit later this month, but Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy warned defenses were needed immediately.
Zelenskyy said Tuesday night that weapons were urgently needed even as Russian defenses appeared to weaken.
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“We keep telling our partners that Ukraine needs modern anti-missile weapons. Our country has no [them] at a sufficient level at the moment, but it is our country in Europe that needs such weapons the most right now,” he said. “A delay in its provision cannot be justified.
Reports have surfaced in recent weeks suggesting that Russia’s weapons are waning as Moscow struggles to adequately replenish its supplies.
Ukraine’s Defense Ministry claimed last week that Russian forces relied on 1,950 Soviet-era mines in the southern Kherson region, and senior US defense officials said Russian troops relied on more in addition to “dummy bombs” as a stockpile of precision-guided missiles. tanked.
However, Zelenskyy warned that Moscow’s reliance on dated artillery is an even bigger threat to Ukraine when it comes to casualties.
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“Even though Russia has fewer and fewer modern missiles with each passing day, Ukraine’s need for such systems remains,” Zelenskyy said. “Russia still has enough Soviet missile types, which are even more dangerous.
“They are much less precise and therefore pose a much greater threat to civilian property and ordinary residential buildings,” he added.
Stoltenberg said he believed NATO allies would agree to another comprehensive assistance package for Ukraine at the Madrid summit due to begin on June 29.
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NATO allies will meet this week to discuss strengthening their defensive posture in Europe as concerns grow that Russian President Vladimir Putin could push his offensive campaign even beyond Ukraine’s borders.
Stoltenberg confirmed Wednesday that Zelenskyy will attend the NATO summit later this month.
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