The West is running out of time to step up arms sales to Ukraine as there are signs Russia will attempt to encircle the eastern Donbass region within four to six weeks, officials have warned.
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An unnamed official said The times that if the besieged area becomes encircled, the defenders of Ukraine will face an even “tougher” challenge to maintain their resistance while fighting in multiple directions. The coming weeks would be a “critical period” in the conflict, the source said.
Ukraine’s defense minister, Oleksiy Reznikov, called for more deadly supplies and warned his country was facing “great destruction.” In a statement on Facebook, he said: “We have some extremely difficult weeks ahead of us.”
Western leaders have already promised to send more weapons to Ukraine. lay out the British aims for the war and the push to Strengthening the defense of Ukraine’s eastern flankSecretary of State Liz Truss said this week that allied nations would have to “dig deep into our stockpiles” to deliver more “heavy weapons, tanks, planes.”
in one Keynote address at the Mansion House Truss said in London on Wednesday that “we need to be prepared for the long term and redouble our support for Ukraine” because “Ukraine’s victory is a strategic imperative for all of us”.
Your argument for sending more fighter jets was supported by a tweeted Defense Ministry intelligence that said “Ukraine retains control of most of its airspace.”
US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin also “urged 40 nations to supply arms” in a speech at Ramstein Air Force Base in south-west Germany on Tuesday. Al Jazeera called.
“Today’s briefings clearly spelled out why The coming weeks will be so crucial for Ukraine. So we have to move at war speed,” Austin told reporters shortly after returning from a trip to Kyiv for talks with President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.
The US is facing a “huge demand” “for munitions and weapons platforms,” said Austin, who pledged to do so The White House will “firmly support Ukrainewhile meeting our own needs and those of our allies and partners.”
The push to help Ukraine has the backing of German lawmakers, who yesterday voted “an overwhelming majority” to deploy “heavy weapons and complex weapons systems.” German wave (DW) reports.
The voice “represents a historical policy change” for Berlinthe news site said, paving the way for the delivery of “anti-aircraft systems and armored vehicles” as well as “arrangements for the shipment of heavier equipment to eastern NATO allies”.
Emmanuel Macron, fresh from victory a second term as French Presidenthas also given the green light for “the delivery of modern artillery pieces” that “could help contain Russia’s new offensive in the east of the country”, abc news reported.
Macron gave the green light shortly after Vladimir Putin called to congratulate him on his election victory and to wish the French leader “success in his activities” – although the Russian president “was probably more polite than frank,” the news site added.
escalation in effect
Since Putin gave the order to invade Ukraine in February, NATO member states have largely “supplied only light weapons and defensive anti-tank and anti-aircraft weapons,” according to the Times, fearing an escalation. Zelenskyy and his advisers have “repeatedly requested heavy weapons” to “help bring together the men and material that Russia is stationing.”
In an appeal last week, as Russia stepped up its bombing of Donbas, Ukraine’s president said, “You cannot come to us today empty-handed, and we don’t just expect gifts or any kind of cake, we expect certain things and specific weapons.” .”
The struggle for control of Donbass “could be tougher” and “just as important” as resistance to it repelled Russia from Kyivcalled The economist. And to ensure victory, the West will almost certainly have to send “more and better weapons.”
If Ukraine is to “hold back the Russians,” its fighters will need “tanks, planes, artillery, and plenty of ammunition,” the newspaper added. But “the good news is that NATO supply lines to Ukraine, mainly from Poland, are now well established.”
And “if the arms continue to flow and the war drags on,” Moscow “will not be able to continue to supply arms on the same scale as NATO can.”
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