Foreign Secretary says more people will die due to slow supply of military aid
Ukraine will continue to fight against Russia even if it has no weapons, so the West should speed up its arms deliveries to Ukraine or be responsible for the deaths of its troops, the Minister of Foreign Affairs said on Sunday. Foreign Affairs Dmitry Kuleba to German media.
“If we don’t get weapons, fine. Then we will fight with shovels. But we will continue to defend ourselves because this is a war for our existence,” Kuleba was quoted in an interview with public broadcaster ARD.
“The sooner we get the weapons, the sooner they are sent, the more good they will do us. If they arrive late, we will thank you anyway, but then there will be a lot of waste and a lot of people will be dead by then,” he added.
He made the remarks during a panel discussion with political talk show host Anne Will. The show’s guest list also included European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and several German politicians and policy experts.
Kuleba said Russian artillery outmatched Ukraine’s in Donbass 15 to 1, echoing statements several senior Ukrainian officials have made recently. kyiv cannot win with such an imbalance of power, the foreign minister said.
Western politicians, who think kyiv should make concessions to Russia and agree to settle the conflict with a peace deal because of the dire situation on the battlefield, are wrong, Kuleba said.
Ukraine found itself with some of the largest military stocks among the former Soviet republics when the USSR dissolved. Now he says he has lost up to half of his heavy weapons fighting Russia and Allied forces to the east.
kyiv pleaded for the West to provide artillery guns, tanks and fighter jets, but received only a fraction of what they asked for. Ukraine’s allies say they are concerned that Moscow may perceive the arms delivery as a serious escalation, and Moscow may view the suppliers as part of the hostilities, Western officials say.
Moscow says any military aid given to Ukraine intensifies and prolongs the conflict and accuses its opponents of carrying out “a war to the last Ukrainian” against Russia.
Russia attacked the neighboring state in late February, following Ukraine’s failure to implement the terms of the Minsk agreements, first signed in 2014, and Moscow’s eventual recognition of the republics from the Donbass of Donetsk and Lugansk. The protocols negotiated by Germany and France were designed to give breakaway regions a special status within the Ukrainian state.
The Kremlin has since demanded that Ukraine officially declare itself a neutral country that will never join the US-led NATO military bloc. kyiv insists the Russian offensive was unprovoked and has denied claims it planned to retake the two republics by force.
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