Zelensky Claims ‘Artificial Shortage’ of Weapons in Ukraine War Aids Putin


Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has urgently called for additional weapons to prevent a potential crisis in Europe. Speaking at an international conference in Germany, he warned that a lack of weapons would only aid Russia. Ukrainian forces are running low on ammunition due to delayed US support, which is being obstructed by Donald Trump’s supporters in Congress. Zelensky offered to accompany Trump to the frontline to witness the reality of war.

Zelensky’s speech was delivered at the Munich Security Conference, a meeting of global leaders and senior defense officials, just before the two-year anniversary of Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine. His address coincided with the withdrawal of Ukrainian troops from Avdiivka, a significant city in eastern Ukraine, marking one of Russia’s largest military victories in recent months.

Zelensky highlighted that Ukraine’s efforts were only limited by the availability and range of their strength. He warned that maintaining Ukraine in a weapon deficit, particularly lacking artillery and long-range capabilities, allows Putin to adapt to the current war intensity. He further warned that Putin could cause catastrophe for many more countries if the Western world does not confront him.

Ukraine heavily relies on weapon supplies from the US and other Western allies to combat Russia’s larger military force. UK Foreign Secretary David Cameron stated that support from the UK, EU, and US would significantly impact Ukraine’s fight against Russia. The US Senate recently approved a $95bn foreign aid package, including $60bn for Ukraine. However, it faces challenges in the House of Representatives, where Trump loyalists appear unwilling to pass the measure.

Outgoing Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte and German Chancellor Olaf Scholtz urged Europe to provide more assistance to Ukraine, emphasizing that Europe must take more responsibility for its own security.

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