Kuleba: Ukraine now needs artillery, air defense systems, MLRS most

Kuleba: Ukraine now needs artillery, air defense systems, MLRS most

The best assistance to Ukraine from international partners now is the provision of the needed weapons as other types of aid will have no meaning without success at the front.

"The best assistance to Ukraine now is weapons. We greatly appreciate everything that is provided to Ukraine – macro-financial assistance, humanitarian aid, mine clearance assistance, reconstruction efforts. This is all very important. But the basic rule now is that if there is no success at the front, then everything else is meaningless. If we want to live in a country that can be rebuilt, that can be further developed, it must first be defended and we must win this war. So, wherever I go, any conversation starts and ends with the arms supply," Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Dmytro Kuleba said at a joint briefing with Minister of Foreign Affairs of Denmark Jeppe Kofod in Kyiv, an Ukrinform correspondent reports.

Kuleba noted that Ukraine had priorities regarding types of weapons.

"The three biggest priorities in terms of armaments are the artillery of any type and ammunition for it, air defense systems, and multiple launch rocket systems<...> Therefore, at every meeting, I constantly point out the very great need to obtain a bigger number of artillery systems, without which no defensive or offensive operation is possible," said the foreign minister of Ukraine.

Kuleba also noted that he had held fruitful and extensive negotiations with his Danish colleague, focusing on the continuation of arms supplies.

"I am grateful to Denmark, which has been providing from the first days of the war and continues to provide the necessary security assistance, both at the bilateral level and in the new format of the Copenhagen Conference for Northern European Defence Allies of Ukraine. Today we talked about very specific types of weapons that we expect to get and will be grateful for. In particular, we will be especially, infinitely grateful for a certain type of weapons, and this issue is currently our priority," Ukraine’s top diplomat emphasized.

As the minister noted, when any country provides weapons to Ukraine, "it is not an act of charity, it is an act of investment" in their own security, so that "we here in Ukraine can stop the Russian invasion and protect Europe from Putin's aggression."

In this context, Kuleba noted that aggression was taking place in different ways: through tanks and missiles in Ukraine and through the energy crisis, inflation, and the spread of Russian propaganda in Europe

As reported, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Denmark arrived in Kyiv on Thursday, September 1.


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