Ukraine Pleads for More Weapons
People walk past a residential building heavily damaged during Ukraine-Russia conflict in the southern port city of Mariupol, Ukraine, on May 30, 2022. KYIV—Ukraine pleaded to Western countries for faster deliveries of weapons as better-armed Russian forces pounded the east of the country. In Sievierodonetsk, the small city that has become the focus of Russia’s advance in eastern Ukraine and one of the bloodiest flashpoints in a war well into its fourth month, further heavy fighting was reported. The war in the east, where Russia is focussing its attention, is now primarily an artillery battle in which Kyiv is severely outgunned, Ukrainian officials say. “This is an artillery war now,” Vadym Skibitsky, Ukraine’s deputy head of military intelligence, told Britain’s Guardian newspaper.
Germany, among the largest suppliers of weapons, since Russia invaded, plans to revise its rules on arms exports to make it easier to arm democracies like Ukraine, Der Spiegel reported on Friday. In a snapshot of the war’s wider impact, the U. Russia is hoping to capture all of the eastern province of Luhansk, which it demands Ukraine cede to separatists along with neighboring Donetsk. To that end, the Kremlin has concentrated its forces on a battle for Sievierodonetsk, which is in Luhansk. Ukrainian troops have largely pulled out of the city’s residential areas but have not yielded their foothold on the east bank of the Siverskiy Donets River.
President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said Russia was trying to “break every town in the Donbass. Asked in a social media interview whether that suggested the Ukrainian army had lost up to 10,000 fighters in the first 100 days of the war, Arestovych said, “Yes, something like that. “Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is what happens when oppressors trample the rules that protect us all,” Austin told an Asian security forum in Singapore.
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