Ukraine criticizes arms shipment delays

Volodymyr ZelenskyyPhoto: Ukrainian Presidential Press Office via AP

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy called out delayed arms deliveries to Ukraine, saying that Russia interprets such delays as a stamp of approval for continued warfare.

“Every single arms shipment delay and every political delay permit Russia to take more Ukrainian lives. That is how Russia interprets it. That should not be the case,” Zelenskyy said in his daily video speech.

Military experts believe Ukraine needs significantly heavier weapons to withstand expected Russian attacks in the east of the country. Zelensky again warned that Russian forces were preparing an offensive in the Donbas region in the near future.

“In the same way that Russian forces are destroying Mariupol, they want to destroy cities and communities in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions,” he said.

Thousands of people are believed to have been killed in the port city of Mariupol, which has been under siege for several weeks.

Zelensky thanked partners who “really help with everything they can.”

“But those who have the weapons and ammunition we need and who delay the supply should know that the outcome of this war also depends on them,” he said.

Source: © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayNews

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