Ukraine needs ‘significantly’ more weapons to prevail, NATO’s Stoltenberg says

18 January, 10:05 PM
Jens Stoltenberg (Photo:REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann)

Jens Stoltenberg (Photo:REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann)

Speaking at the World Economic Forum meeting in Davos, Switzerland, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg called for a significant increase in allied military aid to Ukraine, Reuters reported on Jan. 18.

“This is a pivotal moment in the war and the need for a significant increase in support for Ukraine,” Stoltenberg said in a comment to Reuters.

When asked about the supply of heavy tanks to Ukraine, Stoltenberg said that consultations are continuing, and welcomed the UK's decision to transfer a squadron of Challenger-2 tanks to Kyiv.

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The secretary added that, in addition to tanks, Ukraine needs more air defense systems and armored vehicles, as well as ammunition, spare parts, and maintenance equipment to ensure the already transferred Western weapons continue to function.

“Putin has shown no sign of preparing for peace and therefore he must realize he cannot win on the battlefield,” Stoltenberg concluded.

On Jan. 20, defense ministers of pro-Ukraine international coalition will discuss Kyiv’s armament needs at the eight “Ramstein” meeting – named after the U.S. Ramstein Air Force base in Germany, where the first such gathering took place in 2022.

On Jan. 17, Reuters reported that at Davos, Germany's partners increased pressure on Chancellor Olaf Scholz to allow the transfer of Leopard tanks to Ukraine. Earlier, Polish President Andrzej Duda was the first to announce the transfer of 14 Leopard tanks to the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

On Jan. 16, British Defense Secretary Ben Wallace confirmed that the UK would transfer 14 Challenger-2 tanks to Ukraine.

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