Ukraine’s president says war in Ukraine would be over by now if allies had sent more weapons

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in kyiv, U

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in kyiv, Ukraine, on Monday, April 18, 2022.

  • Zelenskyy said Ukraine would “be done by now” with Russia’s invasion if the allies provided more weapons.
  • Aligned nations have a “moral duty” to send weapons not currently in active use to Ukraine, he said.
  • Western nations have shipped weapons, but Ukraine says they should have been shipped sooner and in larger quantities.
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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said Russia’s invasion of his country would already be over if the allies had given Ukraine more weapons.

Zelenskyy said in a speech on Tuesday that Ukraine had demonstrated its military superiority over Russia and would already have defeated it in the war if allied countries had provided it with more supplies.

“If we had access to all the weapons that we need, that our partners have and that are comparable to the weapons that the Russian Federation uses, we would have already finished this war,” he said.

“We would have already restored peace and liberated our territory from the occupiers. Because the superiority of the Ukrainian army in tactics and wisdom is quite obvious.”

Russia has killed thousands of people in Ukraine, but its invasion has stalled amid logistical problems and strong Ukrainian resistance, meaning it has withdrawn from some areas.

Zelenskyy’s speech came 55 days after the Russian invasion of Ukraine began.

During the speech, he criticized Ukraine’s allies for not providing more weapons despite being frequently asked to do so, saying that many of the weapons needed in Ukraine are stored in Western countries.

“It is unfair that Ukraine is still forced to order what its partners have been storing somewhere for years,” he said.

“If they have the weapons Ukraine needs here, needs now, if they have the ammunition we need here and now, it is their moral duty first and foremost to help protect freedom.”

“Help save the lives of thousands of Ukrainians.”

Zelenskyy noted that allied countries are sending weapons to Ukraine, but said the initial deliveries came later than Ukraine wanted and needed.

“If we had received what we are receiving now in the first week of the war, the benefit for Ukraine and for freedom in Europe would be greater, I am sure.

“And if we get what some partners are planning to deliver to Ukraine in the next few weeks right now, it will save the lives of thousands of people.”

He added: “I hope that partners will listen to this thesis and understand that every day matters. Any delay in helping Ukraine gives the occupiers the opportunity to kill more Ukrainians.”

The United States, the United Kingdom and many EU nations are sending weapons to Ukraine to provide assistance amid Russia’s invasion. These deliveries have mainly been made up of ammunition and defensive equipment such as anti-tank systems.

But Ukraine has been asking for heavier equipment, such as tanks and planes, something that allied countries are only just beginning to send.

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