Zelinsky calls Western countries for new weapons
The Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky confirmed that his country’s forces shot down more than 20 of the 30 missiles launched by Russia on Saturday, stressing that Russian “terrorism” can only be stopped on the battlefield.
Zelensky added, “Is it possible to stop Russian terrorism?
Yes it can… Could it be done in any other way than on the battlefield in Ukraine?
The Ukrainian president stressed that “the world must stop this evil,” while Moldova announced that it had found missile debris in its territory near the village of Larga in the north of the country.
“The brutal war that Russia is waging against Ukraine has again affected Moldova,” said Moldovan President Maia Sandu.
In response to urgent appeals from Ukraine, London announced the dispatch of Challenger 2 heavy tanks.
On Saturday, British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak pledged to send Challenger 2 tanks and additional artillery systems to Kiev as evidence of “the UK’s intention to intensify our support for Ukraine,” according to a report of a phone call with the Ukrainian president.
The number of these tanks wasn’t specified, but the United Kingdom became the first country to commit to providing this type of tank to help Ukraine confront Russian forces.
Kyiv had received Soviet-designed heavy tanks from its allies, but did not receive any Western tanks yet.
Zelensky welcomed the British decision, tweeting that London’s decision “won’t only strengthen us on the battlefield, but will also send the right signal to other partners”.
Last week, France, Germany and the United States pledged to provide Ukraine with 40 German Marder armored vehicles, 50 American Bradley armored vehicles, and a number of French MMX-10 armored vehicles for infantry transport or reconnaissance.
On the other hand, the Russian Foreign Ministry confirmed on Saturday that sending heavy tanks to Kiev would only lead to intensifying the battles.