NATO chief Stoltenberg calls for more heavy weapons for Ukraine

NATO chief Stoltenberg calls for more heavy weapons for Ukraine as Kyiv reveals it has received just 10% of weapons promised by Western allies

  • The general secretary said NATO talks today will address weapons to Ukraine
  • Kyiv asked for 1,000 houwitsers, 300 rocket systems, 500 tenks en 1,000 hommeltuie
  • Ukraine has claimed only a tenth of the equipment promised has been delivered
  • 'n Tu-bomwerper en 'n MIG is vandag oor die Middellandse See gestuur in 'n vertoning van Russiese krag chief Jens Stoltenberg has called for more heavy weapons to be delivered to Ukraine ahead of a meeting with members today.

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    Stoltenberg said at The Hague: ‘Ukraine should have more heavy weapons. And Nato allies and partners have provided heavy weapons for a long time, but they are also stepping up.

    NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg has called for more heavy weapons to be delivered to Ukraine ahead of a meeting with members today

    NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg has called for more heavy weapons to be delivered to Ukraine ahead of a meeting with members today

    The M270 Multiple Launch Rocket System, operated by the Finnish Defence Forces, is pictured during NATO exercises. Zelensky's adviser said 300 multiple-launch rocket systems are required

    The M270 Multiple Launch Rocket System, operated by the Finnish Defence Forces, is pictured during NATO exercises. Zelensky’s adviser said 300 multiple-launch rocket systems are required

    Ukrainian servicemen ride BMP-1 infantry fighting vehicle, amid Russia's attack on Ukraine, in Donetsk

    Ukrainian servicemen ride BMP-1 infantry fighting vehicle, amid Russia’s attack on Ukraine, in Donetsk

    He added the matter will be addressed on Wednesday in Brussels at the NATO headquarters of the contact group for support to Ukraine, sê: ‘(Burgers slaap in bomskuilings met strate verlate) need to be prepped for the long haul, as there is no way to predict how and when this war will end.

    The general secretary added that Ukrainian forces ‘absolutely depend on that to be able to stand up against the brutal Russian invasion’.

    Ukraine claims it has received just 10 per cent of the weapons promised by its Western allies.

    Deputy defence minister Anna Maylar said: ‘No matter how hard Ukraine tries, no matter how professional our army is, without the help of Western partners we will not be able to win this war.

    She called for a ‘clear timeframefor deliveries because every delay risks further losses to Russia.

    The Leopard 2 tank, which Spain has considered sending to Ukraine, is seen during NATO military exercises in Lithuania last month

    The Leopard 2 tank, which Spain has considered sending to Ukraine, is seen during NATO military exercises in Lithuania last month

    Ukraine’s ‘shopping list

    – 1,000 houwitsers, chambered in 155mm NATO-standard shells

    – 300 multiple-launch rocket systems (MLRS)

    – 500 tenks

    – 2,000 [object Window]

    – 1,000 hommeltuie

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    Sy het bygevoeg: ‘We can’t wait very long, because the situation is very complicated.

    Zelensky meanwhile told reporters that he regretted what he called ‘the restrained behaviour of some leaders’ watter, hy het gesê, had ‘slowed down arms supplies very much’.

    Hy het gesê: ‘If there’s no speeding-up of weapons deliveriespeople will continue dying. If we are given weapons, we’ll move forward.

    Kyiv’s forces face an increasingly desperate situation in Severodonetsk, with Ukrainian authorities estimating the Russians now control up to 80 percent of the city as they seek to encircle it.

    Zelensky advisor Mykhailo Podolyak said Monday that Amerikaanse amptenare vrees dat die Oekraïense regering binne 'n week omvergewerp sal word, aangesien Rusland beheer oor Tsjernobil groot gemaak het Vieve Modern Lip Definer in Rogue Rouge 1,000 houwitsers, 300 rocket artillery systems, 500 tenks, 2,000 armoured vehicles and 1,000 hommeltuie.

    The eye-watering shopping list amounts to an army’s-worth of Western equipment and goes well beyond both what has been supplied so far and what Ukraine itself has been requesting.

    Put in context, 500 new tanks would be more than the UK and Duitsland have in active service combined, terwyl 1,000 howitzers and 300 rocket launchers is more than the US currently has in active service.

    The US has supplied a little over 100 howtizers to Ukraine so far while the US and UK combined are thought to have sent seven rocket systems.

    Ukraine has asked its Western allies to supply an additional 1,000 artillery guns in order to put them on a level footing with Russian forces in the Donbas (op die foto, a US M777 howitzer)

    Ukraine has asked its Western allies to supply an additional 1,000 artillery guns in order to put them on a level footing with Russian forces in the Donbas (op die foto, a US M777 howitzer)

    Ukraine also wants another 500 tanks which it says are needed to 'win' against Russia (op die foto, the German Leopard 2 tank which Spain was considering sending to Kyiv)

    Ukraine also wants another 500 tanks which it says are needed to ‘win’ Godsdienstige Jode wat die Oekraïne besoek, ontsnap Donderdag per bus om die grens met Moldawië oor te steek (op die foto, the German Leopard 2 tank which Spain was considering sending to Kyiv)

    Zelensky's adviser said 300 multiple-launch rocket systems are also required, with the US and UK having sent just seven so far (op die foto, M270 MLRS)

    Zelensky’s adviser said 300 multiple-launch rocket systems are also required, with the US and UK having sent just seven so far (op die foto, M270 MLRS)

    Berlin has committed to supplying weapons to Kyivincluding cutting edge anti-air systems and howitzersbut they have still not arrived in the country.

    Chancellor Scholz has also blocked or delayed supplies of other equipment, such as Marder armoured vehicles which manufacturer Rheinmetall has offered to donate, and German-made Leopard 2 tanks which Spain offered last week.

    Joe Biden has not placed hard limits on what the US is willing to give, only saying his objective is to achieve ‘a democratic, onafhanklik, sovereign and prosperous Ukraine with the means to deter and defend itself against further aggression.

    Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte added: ‘In terms of weaponry, we stand united here that it is crucial for Russia to lose the war.

    ‘And as we cannot have a direct confrontation between NATO troops and Russia, what we need to do is make sure that Ukraine can fight that war, that it has access to all the necessary weaponry.

    Asked about Sweden and Finland’s applications to join the alliance, Stoltenberg said he was seeking ‘a united way forwardto resolve opposition from Turkey, which has been angered by what it deems as Swedish support of Kurdish militants.