Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky has pleaded with the international community to provide more military supplies and to impose tighter sanctions on Russia as his foreign minister said he had one demand of Nato: “Weapons, weapons and weapons.”
The pleas from Kyiv come as Ukraine’s military warned that invading Russian troops were regrouping and preparing an offensive in the eastern Donbas region, aimed at seizing territory in the two administrative regions that separatists have partially occupied since a Moscow-backed uprising in 2014.
“The main efforts of the occupiers are focused on preparing for an aggressive operation in eastern Ukraine, which aims to establish complete control over the territory of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions,” the general staff of the armed forces said on Thursday after Russian troops retreated from the suburbs of Kyiv and the north of the country in recent days.
Ukrainian military authorities on Wednesday called on residents living in Donetsk and Luhansk, as well as parts of the north-eastern Kharkiv region, to leave “while they still had the chance”.
“My agenda is very simple. It only has three items on it,” Ukraine’s foreign minister, Dmytro Kuleba, said on Thursday ahead of a meeting of Nato foreign ministers in Brussels that he will attend. “It’s weapons, weapons, and weapons.”
“The more weapons we get, and the sooner they arrive in Ukraine, the more human lives will be saved,” he added.
That echoed a plea from Zelensky who said failing to provide more weapons and toughen sanctions on Russia would equate to giving Moscow “permission” to intensify its offensive.
“If there won’t be a really useful packet of sanctions against Russia, if there won’t be the really…
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