Allies in the Eastern European country have pledged to send more weapons to Kiev to counter Russia’s military offensive and help Ukraine win the ongoing war. The United States and other allies pledged to send more artillery, anti-tank and air defense assistance to Kiev during a 90-minute video call on Tuesday (April 19th).
Russia has stepped up its attacks on Donbass in eastern Ukraine a couple of days ago. The renewed Russian offensive was preceded by a pledge of arms aid to Ukraine. This information was given by the British media BBC in a report on Wednesday (April 20).
Ukraine says Russia needs weapons in self-defense as it launches a new military operation ahead of the country. In the wake of Russia’s latest offensive, Western leaders met on video Tuesday to discuss further military assistance to Ukraine.
The U.S. Defense Department said after the meeting that additional military aircraft and aircraft parts had been sent to Ukraine to boost its strength. Necessary equipment has also been sent to Ukraine to repair other damaged military equipment.
The Pentagon said in a statement that the United States had not provided any aircraft to Kiev. At the same time, they did not provide details about which countries supplied aircraft to Ukraine. However, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has repeatedly called on the United States to acquire Soviet-built air defense systems and warplanes as an alternative to the no-fly zone over Ukraine.
Speaking to reporters after meeting with Western allies, US President Joe Biden said on Tuesday that the United States was planning to provide Ukraine with another military aid package the size of the মিল 800 million aid package announced last week.
He added that Washington would send heavy artillery to Ukraine to deploy more artillery and ground warfare.
At the meeting, other countries also pledged more military assistance to Ukraine. After the meeting, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson told the UK Parliament that “Ukraine needs more artillery support, which is what we will give them.”
German Chancellor Olaf Schultz also said that Berlin was providing financial assistance to Ukraine to help it buy anti-tank weapons and ammunition from arms manufacturers. The Czech Republic says it will repair damaged Ukrainian tanks and armored vehicles.