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If Ukraine had access to more weapons, the war would be over

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy says he believes the war against Russia would be won if Western allies, including the US and NATO, sent more weapons to arm Ukraine.

“If we had access to all the weapons that we need that our partners have and that are comparable to the weapons used by the Russian Federation, we would have already ended this war,” Zelenskyy said in a video address to The Times on Tuesday evening. London reported.

“We would have already restored peace and liberated our territory from the occupiers, because the superiority of the Ukrainian military in tactics and wisdom is quite evident.”

Since the invasion began on February 24, Zelenskyy has repeatedly asked the US and NATO for increased military assistance and measures, such as imposing a no-fly zone over Ukraine — a move Western nations have avoided.

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy addresses citizens April 19, 2022 in Kyiv, Ukraine.
President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy addresses citizens April 19, 2022 in Kyiv, Ukraine.
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Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby delivers a press briefing at the Pentagon April 19, 2022 in Arlington, Virginia
Pentagon press secretary John Kirby briefed the media on the Russian invasion of Ukraine and spoke about the recent shipments of American arms and supplies to Ukrainians on April 19, 2022.
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Instead, the US in particular has repeatedly imposed sanctions on various Russian oligarchs, corporations, banks, as well as President Vladimir Putin and members of his family.

President Biden has also offered packages of military and humanitarian aid to Ukraine, most recently approving an $800 million package last week — which includes helicopters, artillery and ammunition.

However, Zelenskyy expects the West to do more.

A rescuer works in a residential building damaged during the Ukraine-Russia conflict in the southern port city of Mariupol, Ukraine, April 19, 2022.
A rescuer works on an apartment building damaged during the Ukraine-Russia conflict in the southern port city of Mariupol, Ukraine, April 19, 2022.
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“It is unfair that Ukraine is still forced to demand what its partners have been storing somewhere for years. If they have the weapons that Ukraine needs here, needs more, if they have the ammunition that we need here and now, first of all it is their moral duty to help protect freedom,” he said. “Help save the lives of thousands of Ukrainians.”

Zelenskyy further claimed that any delay in additional aid “gives the occupiers an opportunity to kill more Ukrainians”.

Leading up to the invasion and since its inception, the Biden administration has been criticized by Republicans and Democrats alike for not providing more military assistance, such as MiG-29 jet fighters, to Ukraine.

U.S. Soldiers assigned to the 41st Field Artillery Brigade load M270 Multiple
Volodymyr Zelenskyy has repeatedly asked the US and NATO for increased military assistance and action.
US Army photo by Gertrud Zach

“Despite the heroic and skilful resistance of Ukrainian forces, Russia currently maintains air superiority over Ukraine. Russia’s advantage in this area could soon evolve into air dominance if Ukrainians don’t receive the necessary military aid,” a group of 58 bipartisan lawmakers wrote in a letter to Biden.

“Providing Soviet-era platforms that Ukrainian soldiers previously operated and maintained will be critical to their success on the battlefield and also protect US defense technology from falling into Russian hands,” they wrote.

Despite urging from lawmakers and experts, the government has defended the amount of aid it has been giving to Ukrainians, with Pentagon spokesman John Kirby on Tuesday announcing upcoming US training of Ukrainian troops on howitzer artillery systems.

A Ukrainian soldier fires an NLAW anti-tank weapon during a Joint Forces Operation exercise in eastern Ukraine's Donetsk region, Feb. 15, 2022
A Ukrainian soldier fires an NLAW anti-tank weapon during a Joint Forces Operation exercise in eastern Ukraine’s Donetsk region, Feb. 15, 2022.
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“I think, you know, we’ve said many times that it’s about supporting Ukraine as soon as possible,” he said. “And although I have no future deliveries [of artillery] As you speak to us today, you can rest assured that should there be an additional need for another 155 artillery shells in the future, the United States will be right on the front lines and will do whatever it takes to help — help them, get them there bring to. ”

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