Give Ukraine 1% of what you have: Zelenskyy to NATO

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Kyiv: Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskyy, on Thursday, addressed the NATO leaders meeting in Brussels and urged them to provide Kyiv with unrestricted military aid. Russia began invasion of Ukraine on February 24 and as the military operations today complete a month. 

“To save people and our cities, Ukraine needs military assistance without restrictions. In the same way that Russia is using its full arsenal without restrictions against us,” he told NATO representatives.

He further said that Ukraine just needs a fraction of the alliance’s combined firepower. “You can give us one per cent of all your planes. One per cent of your tanks. One per cent!” Zelenskyy said.

The Ukrainian President further said, “You have thousands of fighter jets, but we have not been given one yet …  we turned [to you] for tanks so that we can unblock our cities … you have at least 20,000 tanks … but we do not have a clear answer yet.” 

Zelenskyy also appealed to NATO leaders to make the necessary decisions to make it happen. He said, “We can’t just buy (these items). Such a supply depends directly on NATO’s decisions, on political decisions.”

The President said NATO leaders should acknowledge what Ukraine’s armed forces have demonstrated in the war against Russia. 

“Please, never tell us again that our army does not meet NATO standards. We have shown what standards we can reach. And we have shown how much we can give to the common security of Europe and the world,” Zelenskyy said. 

The Ukraine President also accused Russia of deploying phosphorus weapons, which spread a powder that ignites when in contact with oxygen and causes severe burns. “This (Thursday) morning, by the way, phosphorus bombs were used. Russian phosphorus bombs. Adults were killed again and children were killed again,” he said.

“The Alliance can once more prevent the death of Ukrainians from Russian strikes, from Russian occupation, by giving us all the weapons we need,” Zelenskyy told NATO members during his virtual address.

first published:March 24, 2022, 7:18 p.m.

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