Ukraine’s foreign minister on Sunday said his country had “won” the battle for Kyiv but warned fighting would intensify in Donbass – as chilling photos showed an 8-mile Russian convoy sneaking towards the region.
Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba hailed Ukrainian forces for retaking the capital from Russian forces, who withdrew from the area entirely only to turn their attention eastward in the country.
“One can say that Ukraine won the battle for Kyiv. Now another battle is coming, the Battle of Donbass,” Kuleba told NBC’s Meet the Press. “And of course we’re preparing for that, working with our partners to get all the necessary weapons and literally everything it takes to win a battle.”
Kubela said Ukraine’s military has proven to be one of the “strongest” in the world.
“I don’t think it’s an exaggeration to say that Ukraine has proven that it has one of the strongest armies in the world, perhaps second only to the United States,” he said.
“Not in terms of numbers, but in terms of combat experience and fighting ability. And, but all we need is all kinds of state-of-the-art weapons at our disposal,” he said, urging NATO to provide more support to defeat Russian forces.
His comments came as satellite photos emerged of a Russian military convoy heading south to Ukraine’s Donbass region.
Pictures taken by Maxar Technologies on Friday showed the 8-mile convoy, which consisted of hundreds of armored vehicles and trucks carrying artillery and equipment.
Russian forces fired rockets at Luhansk in the Donblas region on Sunday, as well as at Dnipro further west, completely destroying an airport and injuring at least five people, Ukrainian officials said.
Mykola Lukaschuk, head of the Dnipro Regional Council, identified the five victims as employees of the state emergency services.
Luhansk Governor Serhiy Gaidai wrote on Telegram that a school and a high-rise apartment building in the city of Sievierodonetsk in the region had been attacked.
“Fortunately no injuries,” said Gaidai.
The attacks came after British Prime Minister Boris Johnson traveled to Kyiv on Saturday for a visit that was hailed as a strong show of support.
“I would say it’s not just about symbolism, it’s also about sending a message of confidence in Ukraine, in the Ukrainian leadership and in the Ukrainian army capable of defending the capital,” he said Kubela on Johnson’s visit.
President Biden has no plans to travel to Kyiv himself, US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan said on Sunday.
“The United States is at the center of efforts to supply from other countries. And to organize and coordinate the world to take action like last week to kick Russia out of the Human Rights Council,” Sullivan told Meet the Press.
“President Biden will focus on this and ensure that he shows his support and solidarity with the Ukrainian people through such decisive action.”
With post wires
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