Ukraine needs more weapons amid threat of new Russian offensive, says defense chief

2 February, 01:21 PM
Oleksii Reznikov (Photo:Murad Sezer/Reuters)

Oleksii Reznikov (Photo:Murad Sezer/Reuters)

Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov has called on NATO countries to provide Ukraine with more weapons in light of the threat of a new Russian offensive, in an interview with the French channel BFMTV published on Feb. 1.

Reznikov said that Russia may have mobilized about 500,000 citizens, according to a post by the Defense Ministry on Telegram.

"We tell our partners that we must also be ready as soon as possible,” Reznikov stated.

“That is why we need weapons to deter the enemy, because everything in war is decided by initiative.”

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Ukraine’s defense minister also emphasized the need to quickly equip Kyiv with "aviation means" and called for partner nations to begin training Ukrainian pilots for on aircraft that are likely to be supplied.

Earlier, Reznikov said that the Russian military was preparing a new major offensive on two fronts.

"It could be Donbas, or it could be the south," he stated.

According to Ukrainian intelligence, Russian dictator Vladimir Putin has ordered his troops to seize the entire territory of Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts of Ukraine by March.

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