Ukraine must win by winter – official – RT Russia and the former Soviet Union

President Zelensky’s chief of staff says his country needs more weapons, and quickly

Ukraine’s military must defeat Russia before winter, Andrey Yermak, chief of staff to President Vladimir Zelensky, said in an interview on Tuesday. Amid a Ukrainian government reshuffle and Russian gains on the battlefield, Yermak insisted that more Western weapons could turn the tide.

“Today our main objective is victory” Yermak told Voice of Ukraine on Tuesday. “To do this, we need our soldiers to have everything they need. They have everything but sufficient equipment and sufficient weapons.

The United States alone has already allocated more than $55 billion in military and economic aid to Ukraine since February, and even though the Biden administration’s lend-lease program is expected to go live in August , Yermak said the time was not right. country side.

“The main task of lend-lease is that we get everything on time”, he explained. “It is very important for us not to go into winter. After winter, when the Russians have more time to dig, it will certainly be more difficult.

When asked if the Ukrainian military could retake the Black Sea coastline before winter, as Ukrainian Defense Minister Alexey Reznikov told Britain’s Sunday Times earlier this month , Yermak did not respond directly, instead saying that “our objective is definitely the disoccupation of all our territories”, without giving a deadline.

“This is a difficult work,” Yermak admitted, “when there is an enemy against you who has many more weapons and men.”

According to Reznikov’s estimate, Ukraine needs about 50 M142 HIMARS rocket artillery systems from the United States to hold back the advancing Russian army, and 100 of these truck-mounted launchers to carry out a counter-offensive. Reznikov announced the figures at a meeting of the Atlantic Council, a NATO-backed think tank, on Tuesday.

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To date, Washington has provided Ukraine with eight HIMARS systems, and the White House revealed Tuesday that a new military aid package to be announced this week will include more of these weapon systems.

Ukraine has suffered a series of battlefield casualties, with the entirety of the Luhansk People’s Republic (LPR) coming under the control of Russia’s allied forces earlier this month, and Russian and Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) seizing control of Seversk – within striking distance of the major cities of Slaviansk and Kramatorsk – in recent days.

Meanwhile in Kyiv, Zelensky’s government appears consumed by a witch hunt, with Zelensky sacking Attorney General Irina Venediktova and the head of the country’s top security agency, Ivan Bakanov, over the weekend. According to the Ukrainian leader, “high treason and collaboration” occurs in both services. Ukraine’s parliament on Tuesday approved the layoffs and Zelensky later fired five other regional bosses from Bakanov’s agency, as well as its deputy director, Vladimir Gorbenko.

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