Ukrainian presidential adviser Mykhailo Podolyak on Monday revealed the weapons his country needs to end the war with Russia.
Podolyak, one of President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s peace negotiators, Twitter say:
“To be frank – to end the war, we need parity in heavy weapons:
1000 howitzers caliber 155 mm;
2000 armored vehicles;
The Defense Ministers Contact Group meeting takes place in #Brussels on 15 June. We are awaiting a decision.”
US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin will host Wednesday’s meeting at NATO Headquarters in Brussels, Belgium. International ministers and defense chiefs were invited to discuss the ongoing war in Ukraine.
Podolyak’s tweet came on a day when the Russian Defense Ministry said its missiles had destroyed a large amount of weapons and military equipment in Ukraine’s Donbass region.
Vadym Skibitsky, Ukraine’s deputy military intelligence chief, told the Guardian that the war now depends on the weapons Ukraine receives from Western allies.
“It all depends now on what [the West] gives us,” Skibitsky told the Guardian. “Ukraine has one artillery piece against 10-15 Russian artillery pieces. Our western partners gave us about 10% of what they had.”
Mykolaiv Regional Governor Vitaliy Kim also called for more support from US and European allies.
“The Russian army is more powerful, it has a lot of artillery and ammunition. Right now it’s an artillery war…and we’re out of ammunition,” Kim said, according to Newsweek. “Help from Europe and America is very, very important.”
Russian troops were attempting to seize Severodonetsk and its twin city, Lysychansk, which would place the entire Luhansk region under Russian control and give President Vladimir Putin a military victory.
It was reported on Sunday that NATO countries in Europe had agreed to stop sending tanks to the Ukrainian Armed Forces, and Spain apologized to Germany for talking about sending German tanks to help Ukraine.
Reasons for the shutdown include NATO countries unable to mass-produce military equipment because Russia stopped selling materials such as titanium, which is essential for the production of composite tank armor.
President Joe Biden said on May 31 that the United States would send advanced rocket systems and munitions to Ukraine.
The $700 million pledge is a substantial escalation in the United States’ stance on the Kremlin as Putin’s three-month-old war on Ukraine rages on.
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