While the success of a counter-offensive versus Russia has shown that Ukraine can defeat Moscow’s forces, Kyiv still needs more weapons from its allies, Foreign Minister Dmytrokuleba stated on Saturday (10 September).
After a quick advance by Ukrainian forces, Moscow had to abandon its main bastion in northeastern Ukraine on Saturday.
Kuleba spoke at a news conference together with Annalena Baerbock (visiting German counterpart). She said that some allies were initially hesitant to send arms, citing the possibility of antagonising Russian President Vladimir Putin.
“Now, thank God that we’re not hearing this argument anymore… we have proven we can defeat the Russian army. He said that we are accomplishing this with weapons we were given.
“So I repeat: The more weapons we get, the faster and faster this war will end.
Germany sent self-propelled howitzers from Germany to Ukraine. However, Kyiv also needs Leopard main battle tanks and Marder infantry fighting vehicle, as well as Gepard anti-aircraft tank.
Kuleba, who has in the past criticized Germany over what he said was its slowness to send weapons, claimed that Ukraine was paying for internal debates.
He said: “Everyday, while someone in Berlin considers, taking advice or consulting on whether or not to give tanks or no tanks… someone is killed in Ukraine due to the fact the tank didn’t arrive.”
Baerbock offered further military assistance and did not rule out delivery of main battle tanks in Western style.
She said: “I know time is of the essence. The next few months and weeks will be crucial.”
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