In the context of Western countries repeatedly demanding more military support for Ukraine, Russia has closed key cities in the Donbas and plans to significantly increase its military budget.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy pleaded with Western nations to hand over military weapons more and faster in his nightly address Tuesday, as he does almost every night. Earlier on the same day, Ukraine’s Deputy Defense Minister Hanna Malyar said that the Ukrainian army had only received about 10% of the Western weapons requested.
Meanwhile, Russia is slowly tightening its grip on the eastern city of Sievierodonetsk – one of two major cities still under Ukrainian control in Luhansk, one of the two regions that make up the Donbas. Serhiy Haidai, the governor of Luhansk, on Tuesday said the Russian military controls about 80% of the city and has destroyed all three bridges leading out of the city.
It appears that Russia will significantly increase its military budget to continue its slow but steady assault on the Donbas: British defense officials said The First Vice Chairman of the Russian Military-Industrial Commission predicts that state defense spending will increase by 10 to 12 million US dollars – close to the 20% increase in the defense budget of the Russian President Putin.
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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said Ukraine will not use any long-range missile systems that the West can provide to attack residential areas in Russia.
Zelenskyy spoke from afar to Danish media on the eve of a meeting of global defense ministers in Brussels that it is possible to determine the weight and amount of support weapons that countries will provide to the army. Ukraine. Ukrainian cities have been attacked from afar by the Russian army’s long-range weapons that his army cannot reach.
“We are not interested in shelling civilians, we are not terrorists,” Zelenskyy said. “We need the right weapons … that can operate at such long distances.”
Zelenskyy said he was ready to hold talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin, with or without a mediator, on ending the war and withdrawing Russian troops from Ukrainian territory.
“Only President Putin decides whether the Russian military should stop,” Zelenskyy said. “In Russia there is one person who decides absolutely everything for the citizens of Russia and for the Russian army.”
Contribution: Associated Press