Some of Ukraine’s Western allies are ready to help it move from old Soviet weapons to more modern NATO equipment in the midst of a war with Russia, with the prospect that it could take months or even years.
So far, Western countries have refused to provide advanced weapons to avoid the need to teach the Ukrainian army how to use them. But at some point, NATO’s eastern allies will run out of Soviet equipment, Bloomberg reports.
Slovakia has transferred S-300 air defense systems to Ukraine. Instead, he will receive Patriot missiles from the United States. Some allies may begin training Ukrainian soldiers abroad so that they can maintain and use advanced weapons.
This information was reported by informed sources about the talks between the G7 countries and NATO. The aim is to help Ukraine gradually move up to the standards of the defense alliance. Meanwhile, NATO member states are trying to provide the Ukrainian army with other weapons to help it defeat the Russian offensive in the east.
Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba, who met with NATO leaders in Brussels, thanked the Allies for the weapons provided. However, he lamented that the Allies had thought too much about what to send to Ukraine.
Meanwhile, the war continued. Kiev insists it needs air defense systems, armored vehicles and tanks. Kuleba also said that in the first week of the war, he asked one of the countries to supply “certain types of advanced weapons.” However, the Ukrainian minister refused, explaining that he would have to train the Ukrainian army for at least two months.
“If they had agreed to give us these weapons at the beginning, our people would have already finished their training by now. And we would have received the necessary equipment in a week or two “, said Kuleba, without specifying what kind of weapons he was talking about.
During the meeting with NATO, Kuleba also stressed the importance of partners thinking longer and starting to send more advanced defense systems to Ukraine, as well as planning training. British Foreign Minister Liz Truss told reporters that the Allies had agreed to provide newer and heavier equipment to the Ukrainian army.
“We have agreed to help Ukrainian forces move from Soviet weapons to standard NATO equipment on a bilateral basis,” she said. Alliance Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg also confirmed that the Allies would send both Soviet and more modern weapons.
Earlier, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, in his speech at the NATO summit, said that Ukraine needs unrestricted military assistance, as the Ukrainian army has been resisting the Russian occupiers in unequal conditions for a month now.
German Defense Minister Christine Lambrecht says he sees almost no possibility of supplying Ukraine with weapons and supplies directly from German Bundeswehr stocks as Germany “has reached a limit” but will continue to support Ukraine, Augsburger reports. Allgemeine, quoted by Deutsche Welle.
In order to maintain the Bundeswehr’s defense capability, future deliveries should increasingly be made directly through the arms industry, Christine Lambrecht told the German daily Augsburger Allgemeine.
“To this end, we are constantly coordinating with Ukraine,” she said.
“In the case of deliveries from Bundeswehr stocks, however, I have to be honest, I have now reached a limit,” Lembrecht said.
The Bundeswehr must continue to be able to “ensure national defense and the alliance,” the German defense minister said, “but that doesn’t mean we can’t do more for Ukraine,” she added.
Lambrecht reiterated that he would not provide details on Germany’s arms supplies to Ukraine.
“There are good reasons why I classified this information. We did so in response to an explicit request from Ukraine, “the German official argued.
“It simply came to our notice then. And that alone would have strategic military implications, “she said.
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