President Zelensky has called for specific weapons from US and NATO allies
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky released a new video Wednesday morning outlining the specific weapons his country needs to continue its defense against Russian invaders.
“Ukraine needs a supply of weapons. We need heavy artillery, armored vehicles, air defense systems and fighter jets,” Zelensky said. “Anything to repel Russian forces and prevent their war crimes.”
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In particular, the leader requested 155-millimeter artillery; 152-millimeter artillery shells; Multiple launch rocket systems including “Grad,” “Smerch,” “Tornada” or M142 HIMARS; Armed employee carriers; Infantry combat vehicles; T-72 or similar tanks from the US or Germany; S-300, BUK or Western equivalent air defense systems; And military aircraft.
These weapons will be used to “deadlock” Ukrainian cities and “millions of Europeans”.
“Freedom must be better equipped than oppression,” Zelensky said. “Western nations have everything to do with it.”
The leader said victory over tyranny and the number of survivors depended on the West.
“Army Ukraine now to protect independence,” he concluded, urging social media users to share the hashtag #ArmUkraineNow at the end of the video.
Zelensky warned that Ukraine has “currently destroyed more Russian weapons and military equipment than some of Europe’s armies,” although Russian forces still have the capability to attack neighboring countries such as Ukraine and Poland, Moldova, Romania and the Baltic states.
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“Those areas could be the next targets if Ukraine’s independence is to be curtailed,” he said.
The call to action came as the presidents of Poland, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia traveled to Kiev on Wednesday to meet with Zelensky.
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A senior U.S. defense official told the Associated Press that the Biden administration was preparing to announce an additional package of military aid to Ukraine, possibly a total. 750 million.
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“We are working around the clock to provide Ukraine with the additional capabilities it needs to defend its country,” an administration official told TOU on Wednesday.
“We have provided Ukraine with thousands of American-made weapons and capabilities such as drones, anti-tanks and anti-air systems, and deliveries are being made on a daily basis,” the official said.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.