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Zelensky wants to “make time a weapon” and even Korea is under pressure

Ukrainian leader does not let his guard down to try to get more weapons and faster to counter Moscow’s plans. NATO asks Seoul to lift restrictions.

Faced with yet another round of attacks on civilians, which include the death of three and injuries to ten in Kherson, in the south, and another fatality and three wounded in Kharkiv, in the northeast, the Ukrainian president once again appealed to allied countries and partners help their country as soon as possible. Hours after Volodymyr Zelensky’s appeal, the NATO secretary general urged South Korea to raise assistance to Ukraine to another level, and the Polish prime minister showed openness to sending F-16 planes to Kiev.

“It is very important to maintain the momentum of defense support from our partners. The speed of supply has been and will be one of the key factors in this war. Russia hopes to prolong the war to exhaust our forces,” Zelensky said in his usual evening speech. “That’s why we have to make time our weapon. We have to speed up events, speed up the supply and opening of new weapons options necessary for Ukraine”, he continued, having specified the support obtained in recent days from the USA, Germany, Poland, Canada, Belgium, Norway and Italy.

Among the countries highlighted by the Ukrainian president, the Norwegian government made it known through the Minister of Defense that it intends to send the Leopard 2 tanks “as soon as possible”, aiming for the end of March, although without yet knowing for sure the number of tanks to be deployed. yield among the 36 that Oslo has. Poland announced on Monday that the defense budget will reach 4% of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP), when last week the parliament had approved an expenditure equivalent to 3% of the GDP. “The war in Ukraine makes us arm ourselves even faster. That is why this year we will make an unprecedented effort,” said Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki.

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