NATO urging members to ship ‘heavier weapons’ to Ukraine in combat in opposition to Russia

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NATO’s chief is urging its member international locations Thursday to ship “both light weapons but also heavier weapons” to Ukraine as international ministers are gathering in Belgium to map out the alliance’s subsequent steps within the combat in opposition to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s navy. 

The plea comes as British intelligence suggests Russian forces are concentrating on infrastructure in a deliberate bid to sabotage the Ukrainian navy’s provide strains forward of what’s anticipated to be a renewed assault within the nation’s east, which has now turn out to be Moscow’s essential territorial goal after failing to seize Kyiv. 

“I have urged allies to provide further support of many different types of systems, both light weapons but also heavier weapons,” NATO Secretary-Normal Jens Stoltenberg mentioned.  

A Ukrainian serviceman walks amid destroyed Russian tanks in Bucha, on the outskirts of Kyiv, Ukraine, on Wednesday.

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

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Ukrainian International Minister Dmytro Kuleba, who’s in Brussels Thursday for the assembly, additionally made his focus clear: “My agenda is very simple… it’s weapons, weapons and weapons.” 

He reportedly requested for planes, armored autos, land-based missiles and air protection techniques. 

“We know how to fight. We know how to win,” the Related Press quoted Kuleba as saying. “But without sustainable and sufficient supplies requested by Ukraine, these wins will be accompanied by enormous sacrifices.” 

A man walks on a street in Severodonetsk, eastern Ukraine, following shelling there on Wednesday. 

A person walks on a road in Severodonetsk, japanese Ukraine, following shelling there on Wednesday. 
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“The more weapons we get and the sooner they arrive in Ukraine, the more human lives will be saved,” Kuleba added, particularly calling out Germany by noting that “while Berlin has time, Kyiv doesn’t.” 

The United Kingdom’s Ministry of Defence mentioned Thursday that “Russian artillery and air strikes continue along the Donbas line of control” as “strikes against infrastructure targets within the Ukrainian interior are likely intended to degrade the ability of the Ukrainian military to resupply and increase pressure on the Ukrainian government.” 

Families wait to board a train at Kramatorsk central station as they flee the eastern city of Kramatorsk, in the Donbas region, on Wednesday.

Households wait to board a practice at Kramatorsk central station as they flee the japanese metropolis of Kramatorsk, within the Donbas area, on Wednesday.
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“Progressing offensive operations in eastern Ukraine is the main focus of Russian military forces,” it added in a tweet.  

Nevertheless, “despite refocusing forces and logistics capabilities to support operations in the Donbas, Russian forces are likely to continue facing morale issues and shortages of supplies and personnel,” it additionally mentioned. 

The Related Press contributed to this report.

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