Ukrainian FM warns fight in Donbas will be like Second World War

7 April, 06:52 PM
Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba (Photo:REUTERS/Kuba Stezycki)

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba (Photo:REUTERS/Kuba Stezycki)

The battle for the Donbas in eastern Ukraine will resemble the battles of the Second World War, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said at a press conference in Brussels following his participation in the NATO ministerial meeting on April 7.

"The battle for Donbas is underway," Kuleba said.

"It hasn't reached its maximum scale, but every day the heaviest fighting takes place in that part of Ukraine."

"And more is to come, unfortunately," he said.

The Ukrainian minister also spoke about Russia's plans, and urged NATO members to speed up the delivery of weapons to Ukraine.

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"The battle for Donbas – and I regret to say it but this is true – will remind you of the Second World War with large operations, maneuvers, and the involvement of thousands of tanks, armored vehicles, planes, artillery," Kuleba said.

"Russia has its plan, we have ours and the outcome of this battle will be decided on the battlefield."

"And this is why it is so urgent for allies not to tell us that they're still thinking, that they have to do all the procedures, that there are many issues which have to be sorted out before they make decisions."

"Either you help us now – and I am speaking about days not weeks – or your help will come too late and many people will die, many civilians will lose their homes, many villages will be destroyed – exactly because this help came too late," the minister said.

Earlier, Oleksandr Hruzevych, the deputy chief of staff of the Command of the Ground Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, said that the Russian invaders could start another offensive on the capital city of Kyiv after trying to take control of Donetsk and Luhansk Oblasts.

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