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NATO urges members to send ‘heavier weapons’ to Ukraine to fight Russia

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NATO chief on Thursday urges member nations to send ‘both light weapons but also heavier weapons’ to Ukraine as foreign ministers meet in Belgium to outline next steps for alliance in the fight against the army of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The call comes as British intelligence suggests Russian forces are targeting infrastructure with the deliberate aim of sabotaging Ukrainian army supply lines ahead of what is expected to be a fresh assault in the east of the country, which has now become Moscow’s main territorial objective after failing to capture kyiv.

“I urged allies to provide additional support for many different types of systems, both light weapons but also heavier weapons,” NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said.

A Ukrainian serviceman walks among destroyed Russian tanks in Bucha, on the outskirts of kyiv, Ukraine, on Wednesday.
(AP/Felipe Dana)


Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba, who is in Brussels on Thursday for the meeting, also clarified his objective: “My agenda is very simple…it’s guns, guns and guns.”

He would have asked for planes, armored vehicles, land missiles and air defense systems.

“We know how to fight. We know how to win,” the Associated Press quoted Kuleba as saying. “But without the sustainable and sufficient supplies demanded by Ukraine, these victories will come with enormous sacrifice.”

NATO urges members to send ‘heavier weapons’ to Ukraine to fight Russia

A man walks down a street in Severodonetsk, eastern Ukraine, after Wednesday’s shelling.
(FADEL SENNA/AFP via Getty Images)

“The more weapons we have and the sooner they get to Ukraine, the more human lives will be saved,” Kuleba added, specifically calling out Germany, noting that “while Berlin has time, kyiv has none.” .

the UK Ministry of Defense said on Thursday that “Russian artillery and airstrikes continue along the Donbass line of control” because “strikes against infrastructure targets inside Ukraine are likely intended to degrade the capability of the Ukrainian army to resupply and increase pressure on the Ukrainian government”.

NATO urges members to send ‘heavier weapons’ to Ukraine to fight Russia

Families wait to board a train at Kramatorsk Central Station on Wednesday as they flee the eastern city of Kramatorsk in the Donbass region.
(Photo by FADEL SENNA/AFP via Getty Images)


“The advancement of offensive operations in eastern Ukraine is the main objective of the Russian military forces,” he added in a tweet.

However, “despite the refocusing of forces and logistical capabilities to support operations in the Donbass, Russian forces are likely to continue to face morale issues and shortages of supplies and personnel,” he also said. declared.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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