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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy released a new video Wednesday morning outlining the specific weapons he needs for his country to continue its defense against Russian invaders.
“Ukraine needs arms supplies. We need heavy artillery, armored vehicles, air defense systems and combat aircraft,” Zelenskyy said. “Anything to repel Russian forces and stop their war crimes.”
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Specifically, the leader requested 155 millimeter artillery; 152 millimeter artillery shells; several rocket launcher systems, including “Grad”, “Smerch”, “Tornada” or M142 HIMARS; armored personnel carriers; infantry fighting vehicles; T-72 or similar tanks from the United States or Germany; S-300, BUK or Western equivalent air defense systems; and military aircraft.
These weapons would be used to “lock up” Ukrainian cities and “millions of Europeans”.
“Freedom must be better armed than tyranny,” Zelenskyy said. “Western countries have everything to make it happen.”
The leader said victory over tyranny and how many are saved depends on the West.
“Ukrainian army now to defend freedom,” he concludes, urging social media users to share the hashtag #ArmUkraineNow at the end of the video.
Zelenskyy warned that although Ukraine has “destroyed more Russian weapons and military equipment than some armies in Europe currently possess”, the Russian military still has the ability to attack in Ukraine and in the neighboring countries like Poland, Moldova, Romania and the Baltic States.
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He said these areas could become the next targets “if Ukraine’s freedom falls”.
The release of the call to action comes as the presidents of Poland, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia traveled to Kyiv on Wednesday to meet with Zelenskyy.
Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda mentioned the countries planned to deliver “a strong message of political support and military assistance”.
A senior U.S. defense official told The Associated Press that the Biden administration is preparing an additional package of military aid to Ukraine, which could total $750 million.
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“We are working around the clock to provide Ukraine with the additional capabilities it has requested and needs to defend its country,” an administration official told Fox News on Wednesday.
“We have supplied Ukraine with thousands of American-made weapons and capabilities like drones, anti-tank and anti-aircraft systems, and deliveries are happening every day,” the official noted.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.