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Ukraine's partners have begun to supply it with the weapons it requested, President Volodymyr Zelensky said in his Telegram address to fellow citizens.
“I am grateful to all our partners who finally heard us. Who give us exactly what we asked for,— said the Ukrainian leader.
Zelensky, however, did not specify what kind of weapons and states he was talking about.
A day earlier, on April 22, the US State Department announced the delivery of multiple launch rocket systems (MLRS) to Ukraine. “MLRS are already being delivered; there are allies who are working on aircraft (meaning their transfer to Ukraine. — RBC), and besides this, there is a huge amount of spare parts for military aircraft»,— said Deputy Secretary of State Victoria Nuland in an interview with European Pravda.
In response to a question about whether Kyiv would have access to other new weapons in the event of “changes in the field of pain,” she reported to the State Department, along with the Pentagon, as “Ukraine's needs are changing, and we are striving to meet these needs.”
In early April, Zelensky asked the United States to provide Ukraine with heavy weapons, as the military does not want to receive bulletproof vests and helmets. He also offered to transfer old Soviet aircraft to Ukraine. “Just give us rockets. Give us airplanes,— urged the President of Ukraine.
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The transfer of heavy weapons to Ukraine after Zelensky's request was reported in the Canadian Ministry of Defense on the evening of April 22. We are talking about several M-777 howitzers, ammunition for them, as well as ammunition for the Carl Gustaf anti-tank grenade launcher. “Canada remains committed to continuing to provide Ukraine with military equipment,” — said the Canadian Ministry, noting that howitzers are capable of hitting targets at a distance of up to 30 km.
CBC News sources in the defense sector specified that Ottawa transferred four guns from the country's 37 to Kyiv. In addition, according to the publication , Ukraine received several Excalibur precision-guided projectiles left by Canada after the conflict in Afghanistan.
The Russian authorities criticize the transfer of weapons by Western countries to Ukraine. The Russian ambassador to the United States, Anatoly Antonov, called the deliveries “pumping”, expressing confidence that a significant part of the weapons in Ukraine falls into the hands of “bandits, Nazis, terrorists and criminals.” The representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Maria Zakharova, considered the supply of weapons “another mousetrap”, pointing out what kind of “this junk” Ukrainian citizens will pay.
The Kremlin is sure that the supply of weapons to Ukraine from the West does not carry risks for Moscow to achieve the goals of the special operation. “These weapons are not enough to stop our advance,” — said the representative of the Russian President Dmitry Peskov. Russia will consider any cargo of Western weapons in Ukraine a “legitimate target”, warned Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.
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