Ukrainian President, Volodimir Zelenskyinsisted today that his country precise tankssince with the anti-aircraft systems is not enough to defend itself against Russia, in a virtual intervention before Contact Group for Ukraine focused on kyiv’s demand for armored vehicles leopard.
Zelensky implored the Western allies to “accelerate” arms deliveries while his nation faces attack from Russia.
“We greatly appreciate all the support you have received so far and your air defense systems, but we need to artillery Y tanks”, affirmed the Ukrainian leader, at the opening of the sessions of the meeting held by that group at the US base in Ramstein (Germany).
The president, in a videoconference message, urged “not to negotiate on the quantities of tanks, but to release this important delivery that will stop evil.”
Zelensky’s intervention followed the first message from the US Secretary of Defense, Lloyd Austinwho urged the 20 allies gathered in the Contact Group to “contribute more” and recalled the content of the new aid package approved yesterday by his country, which brings the total to more than 26,000 million dollars (about 24,000 million euros).
Earlier, Zelensky thanked his American counterpart, Joe Bidenthe new aid package worth $2.5 billion that represent an important support to combat the Russian forces, he assured.
“Thank you POTUS (President of the United States) for providing Ukraine with another powerful $2.5 billion defense support package,” Zelensky wrote in a message on Twitter.
armored vehicles strykerthe Bradley additional and air defense systems avenger “They’re a important help in our fight against the aggressor”, he added.
“Thank you, American people, for the unwavering leadership support“, said.
The US Department of Defense reported in a statement that it will send to kyiv 59 Bradley main battle tanks, with 590 TOW anti-tank missiles and 295,000 pieces of 25mm ammunition.
Likewise, it will allocate eight anti-aircraft defense systems to Ukraine avenger350 off-road humvee20,000 155-millimeter artillery pieces and 90 armored vehicles stryker with 20 artifacts for demining, among others.
The pack also includes missiles HARM, of the air-to-ground type, which are used to destroy anti-aircraft defense systems equipped with radars; 2,000 anti-armor rockets; and 3 million small arms ammunition.
Fifty hundred countries of the Ukrainian contact group meet this Friday at the US airbase in ramstein (western Germany) to decide on concrete military aid to Ukraine, including the supply of armored fighter Leopard 2 that kyiv claims.
The meeting was attended by the Secretary General of NATO, Jens Stoltenbergthe United States Secretary of Defense, Lloyd Austinand the Ukrainian Defense Minister, Oleksii Reznikovas well as their counterparts in Germany, the United Kingdom and Poland, among others.
The appointment is preceded by kyiv’s claim to its allies to to “significantly strengthen” arms suppliesincluding German-made “Leopards”, expressed in a joint statement by Reznikov together with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba.
The text explicitly thanked the decision of the United Kingdom to transfer an armored squad Challenger 2although he warned that this contribution “is not enough” in the face of the “substantial quantitative advantage in troops, weapons and equipment” of Russia.
kyiv’s lawsuit comes amid strong pressure from berlinincluding from allies such as Polandto authorize shipments of “Leopard” to allies that have this type of tank.
Any supply of these German-made armored vehicles requires authorization from Berlin.
(With information from EFE)
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