after the tanks, Zelensky asks the West for long-range missiles and combat aircraft
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Ukraine: after the tanks, Zelensky asks the West for long-range missiles and combat planes (Photo by Volodymyr Zelensky on January 24, 2023)
WAR IN UKRAINE – Tanks were not that the first step. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky claimed this Wednesday, January 25 to its Western allies long-range missiles, as well as combat aircraft, after the green light from Washington and Berlin to send heavy tanks to kyiv after tough discussions.
“We must also allow the delivery of long-range missiles to Ukraine, this is important. We must also expand our cooperation in artillery and (make possible) the dispatch of combat aircraft”urged Volodymyr Zelensky in his daily address published on social networks.
The Ukrainian leader said he repeated his request to NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg during a telephone interview.
“Speed” and “volume”, the key to victory according to Zelensky
Volodymyr Zelensky also once again thanked US President Joe Biden and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz for given the green light during the day to send tanks Western combat forces in Ukraine, a first since the start of the Russian invasion in February 2022. “I thank all our allies for their willingness to give us modern and essential tanks”he said.
However, he insisted on pointing out that ” the key “according to him, to overthrow the Russian forces on the battlefield was ” now speed and volume » deliveries of its heavy tanks to its army.
“The key now is speed and volume. The training speed of our soldiers, the speed of tank deliveries (…) and the volume of support”he hammered, while kyiv still calls for several hundred tanks to be able to launch a counter-offensive against the Russians.
These announcements of deliveries of Western military equipment to kyiv come as fighting is intensifying in eastern Ukraine, where the Russian army has been on the offensive in recent days.
According to the Ukrainian president, who celebrated his 45th birthday on Wednesday, his army must face “every day to dozens of enemy attacks” in the Donbass.
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