On Saturday, visibly enraged Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy demanded that Western nations donate a fraction of the military weapons in their stockpiles and wondered if they were afraid of Moscow.
Several countries have pledged to deliver anti-armor and anti-aircraft missiles, as well as small guns, but Zelenskiy claims that Kyiv requires tanks, planes, and anti-ship systems.
“That’s what our partners have, and it’s simply sitting there collecting dust. All of this is for the freedom of Ukraine, but also for the freedom of Europe “In a late-night video message, he stated.
Ukraine only only 1% of NATO’s aircraft and 1% of its tanks, he added, and would not ask for more.
“We’ve been waiting for 31 days. Who controls the Euro-Atlantic community? Is Moscow really remain Moscow due to fear of retaliation?” he stated
If Ukraine falls, Zelenskiy has stated repeatedly that Russia will want to expand deeper into Europe. NATO, on the other hand, opposes his desire for a no-fly zone over Ukraine, citing the risk of escalation.
Zelenskiy spoke with his Polish counterpart Andrzej Duda earlier in the day and expressed regret that Russian-made fighter aircraft in Eastern Europe had not yet been deployed to Ukraine, according to a statement from Zelenskiy’s office.
“The price of procrastination with planes is thousands of Ukrainian lives,” he said, according to the office. Poland and the United States, according to Zelenskiy, have both declared their readiness to make a decision on the planes.
A surprise request from Poland to transfer MiG-29 fighter jets to a US station in Germany to be used to replace Ukraine’s air force was rebuffed by Washington earlier this month.