kyiv asks NATO for more weapons

Ukraine ask NATO for more weapons and a total embargo on Russian oil and gas imports to help it fight off invasion.

“My agenda is very simple, there are only three items on it: guns, guns and guns“, declared the Foreign Minister of Ukraine, Dmitry Kulebaupon his arrival at the headquarters of the Atlantic Alliance in Brussels to participate in the meeting of NATO ministers.

Kuleba added that “in recent weeks, the Ukrainian army and the entire Ukrainian nation have shown that we know how to fight, we know how to win, but without the sustainable and sufficient supply of weapons that Ukraine has requested, these victories will be accompanied by enormous sacrifices”.

“The best way to help Ukraine now is to provide it with everything it needs to contain [el presidente ruso, Vladimir] Putin and defeat the Russian army in the Ukraine, in such a way that the war does not escalate anymore“, has underlined.

Kuleba has also requested a “complete embargo” on Russian imports of oil and gas.

For his part, the secretary general of the Alliance, Jens Stoltenberg, has assured that they are working hard to prevent the conflict from escalating, while at the same time promising to continue supporting the Ukrainians. This Wednesday, Stoltenberg warned the allies that they should prepare for the war to last months or even years.

Borrell: More weapons and energy sanctions

The High Representative of the European Union (EU) for Foreign and Security Policy, Joseph Borrellhas ensured that Ukraine needs “less applause and more guns” and has opted to move towards sanctions on energy.

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According to Borrell, the Ukrainian president, Volodymyr Zelenskyhas “a lot of support, but what it really needs is more weapons, less applause and more weapons. Good words. Good. But the important thing is the practical issues, more resources, more military capacity to resist Russian aggression.”

Borrell has admitted that the new round of EU sanctions will only include carbonbut has advanced that the sanctions on oil and gas will be discussed next Monday and that “sooner or later” they will have to be adopted.

The EU could approve this Thursday or Friday a fifth package of sanctions that will include coal, but not yet hydrocarbons. Hungary has already announced that it does not agree to go further on energy sanctions.

Meanwhile, in Ukraine, Russian troops concentrate their offensive in the east and southwith bombings in Donetsk, Lugansk, Járkov, Mikolaiev and Jersón, according to Víctor García Guerrero, TVE’s special envoy.

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More than a thousand civilians have died and there are more than 4.2 million Ukrainian refugees in neighboring countries since the beginning of the war, on February 24, according to UN data.

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