Zelensky asks to speed up the delivery of tanks. Last Minute EUROPE, CURRENT, Russian news and events
President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky visited the World Economic Forum via video link and asked Western suppliers to send tanks and air defense units faster.
Zelensky’s video link with the World Economic Forum appeared a day before the meeting of the Western allies at the Ramstein airbase in Germany.
Western countries will focus at the meeting on whether Berlin will allow Leopard tanks to be sent to Kyiv.
“The provision of air defense systems to Ukraine should precede new Russian missile strikes. Deliveries of Western tanks should precede a new invasion of Russian tanks,” Zelensky said.
It has been almost 11 months since Russia invaded neighboring Ukraine. The Russian army holds some lands in the east and south of Ukraine. But Moscow has exhausted many of its resources in its attempt to move east.
“Conflicts in the East occur every day. We stand firm and steadfast,” Zelensky said.
Polish President Andrzej Duda said at a meeting in Davos that he was concerned that Russia was preparing to launch a new attack in the next few months, therefore stressed the importance of sending additional support to Kyiv with modern tanks and missiles.
Poland and Finland have said they are ready to send Leopard tanks to Kyiv if Germany approves. Berlin said earlier this week that this would be the first item on the agenda of the new German defense minister.
The German government appointed Boris Pistorius as Minister of Defense following the resignation of Defense Minister Christina Lambrecht.
Asked at the forum if the interior minister was concerned about his personal safety after he died in a helicopter crash, Zelensky replied that he was not concerned.
“My views have not changed. We need ammunition. I’m in no hurry,” Zelensky said.
Before his speech, Zelensky asked the forum participants to honor the memory of 14 people who died in a helicopter crash near Kyiv with a minute of silence.
Among those killed in the crash were Ukrainian Interior Minister Denys Monastyrsky, as well as other officials, the crew and a child.
It was stated that the building hit by the helicopter was a kindergarten and that children and workers were inside at the time of the accident.
Recalling the terrorist attack in the Ukrainian Dnieper on Saturday, which killed 45 people, Zelensky accused Russia of “exporting terrorism.” Moscow, on the other hand, blamed the Ukrainian Air Force for this attack, which targeted civilians.
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