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The more shells Ukraine gets, the fewer losses it has, says FM Kuleba

22 January, 2024 Monday
19:55

On January 22, at the first EU Foreign Affairs Council of the year, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba emphasized the need to increase and accelerate military support for Ukraine

This was reported on the website of Ukraine’s Foreign Affairs Ministry.

"Strengthening air defense remains a priority. Patriots, NASAMS, IRIS-T and SAMP-T are acronyms that save entire cities and thousands of lives. I also call for accelerating the delivery of artillery shells, drones of all types, and long-range missiles with a radius of 300+ kilometers. The more shells, the lower the losses; the longer the radius, the shorter the war will be," said Dmytro Kuleba.

The Ukrainian Foreign Minister also emphasized the need to create a common space of European defense industries and a European defense hub in Ukraine. He also welcomed the historic decision to start negotiations on Ukraine's accession to the EU.

"We have to keep up the pace by screening the legislation and preparing the negotiation framework. We expect that it will be approved as soon as possible, immediately after the European Commission assesses Ukraine's implementation of the four steps in the coming months, which will allow us to hold the first intergovernmental conference in the first half of this year," the Ukrainian Foreign Minister emphasized.

Dmytro Kuleba reminded of the importance of the European Council's approval on February 1 of the EUR 50 billion long-term financing program for Ukraine.

He also noted that Russia is still able to obtain some technologies and equipment, including chips and microcircuits, which it uses to produce weapons.

Therefore, the Ukrainian Foreign Minister expressed hope that the next sanctions package against Russia will be approved soon, and that work will be successfully done to find mechanisms to use Russia's frozen assets for Ukraine's recovery.

  • On January 10, Ukraine's Ambassador to Turkey Vasyl Bodnar said that the weapons that were supposed to be provided to Ukraine were sent to help Israel - the war in the Middle East affects the situation in Ukraine.
  • On January 22, EU High Representative Josep Borrell emphasized that the EU's efforts to resolve the conflict in the Middle East would not prevent Europe from continuing to provide strong assistance to Ukraine.
  • On January 22, Latvian Foreign Minister Krišjānis Kariņš said that if Ukraine does not help contain Russia now, it will become more expensive in the future.
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