Ukraine’s FM urges EU ministers to speed up supply of weapons to Ukraine

24 April, 04:15 PM
Dmytro Kuleba addressed colleagues at the Council of Foreign Ministers of the EU (Photo:МЗС України)

Dmytro Kuleba addressed colleagues at the Council of Foreign Ministers of the EU (Photo:МЗС України)

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba has called on his colleagues in the European Union to speed up the supply of weapons and artillery ammunition to Ukraine, the Ukrainian ministry’s press service has said.

Speaking at the EU Foreign Affairs Council on April 24, Kuleba said that Europe’s security depends on the pace and volume of military supplies to Ukraine.

He said the side with better logistics and supplies has the better chance of winning the war.

He called for Europe to ensure Ukraine has a decisive advantage over Russia on the battlefield, and listed the country’s military needs, including:

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• in the short-term: an increase in armored vehicles, tanks, artillery systems, long-range artillery, ammunition; strengthening of air defense/anti-missile defense of Ukraine and its integration with those of neighboring EU countries;

• the training of Ukrainian pilots on the F-16 fighter jets and the possibility of providing Western combat aircraft;

• in the medium-term: increase the throughput capacity of logistics and repair hubs, continue and expand training programs for the Ukrainian military, cover ammunition needs by increasing production volumes;

• in the long-term: development of a common defense policy that will include Ukraine as an integral component.

“We have a common strategic goal: to ensure peace in Europe for future generations,” Kuleba said.

“This goal now depends on the speed of your decisions and their implementation. Let’s remove all the paper walls, overcome all procedural obstacles, speed up every process, and eliminate any delays on the way between a decision to provide weapons and their arrival at the border of Ukraine.”

The 11th Ramstein format meeting of defense ministers representing 50 countries supporting Ukraine’s war effort took place at U.S. Air Force Ramstein base in Germany on April 21.

U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin said that the participants of the meeting had agreed to step up the supply of air defense systems to Ukraine, as well as missiles for these systems.

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