Deputy PM Vereshchuk elaborates on Italian weapons for Ukrainian army

6 November 2022, 06:59 PM
M113 armored personnel carrier (Photo:General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine/Facebook)

M113 armored personnel carrier (Photo:General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine/Facebook)

Italy has already sent a range of weapons for the Ukrainian army to fight against Russia but Ukraine currently needs missile defense systems to protect cities against Russian air strikes, the Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine and Minister of Reintegration of Temporarily Occupied Territories, Iryna Vereshchuk, said in an interview with the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera on Nov. 6.

"We have already received heavy long-range artillery, self-propelled artillery systems, M113 tracked vehicles, missile systems, and shells of various calibers from Italy. Now we need missile defense systems that will help us to safeguard our cities against bombardments by Russian terrorists, who are trying to knock our energy system down," she said.

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Vereshchuk also thanked Italy for its support and stressed the urgent importance of such weapons for Ukraine.

On Oct. 22, Giorgia Meloni became Italy's prime minister. She pledged herfull support for Ukraine and Western sanctions against Russian dictator Vladimir Putin.

Meloni announced she believes the only way to peace between Russia and Ukraine is to help the latter defend itself militarily.

On Nov. 4, Guido Crosetto, the Defense Minister of Italy, said the government was going to approve the EU's sixth sanctions package against Russia.

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