Ukraine’s Zelensky Asks NATO for 1% of Its Tanks and Warplanes

Ukraine also wants an increase in the supply of Stinger and Javelin missiles

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky made a fresh plea to NATO on Thursday for more weapons, including warplanes and tanks.

“You can give us 1 percent of all your planes, 1 percent of all your tanks, 1 percent. We cannot buy it. These supplies depend on NATO’s political decisions,” Zelensky told a NATO summit in Brussels via video link.

So far, the US and NATO have provided Ukraine with shoulder-fired Javelin anti-tank and Stinger anti-aircraft missiles since Russia invaded but have stopped short of handing over more advanced weapons like tanks and warplanes. Poland offered the US Russian-made MiG-29 fighter jets that could be sent to Ukraine, but the plan was scrapped by the Pentagon over the risks of provoking Russia.

Zelensky also asked for multiple rocket launch systems, anti-warship systems, and air defense systems. A US official told reporters on the sidelines of the NATO summit that the US was working with its allies to provide Ukraine with anti-ship missiles without elaborating on what kind.

According to a document obtained by CNN, Ukraine has also asked for an increase in the supply of Javelin and Stinger missiles and wants 500 of each per day. The US and its allies have already poured thousands of Stingers and Javelins into Ukraine, which has been a boon for the companies that make the missiles.

According to the CNN report, by March 7, the US and its allies had already sent 17,000 anti-tank missiles and 2,000 anti-aircraft missiles into Ukraine. A Pentagon official said that the last of a $350 million weapons package Biden approved at the end of February arrived in Ukraine over the last few days, and the next two packages totaling $1 billion have already started to arrive.

The US and NATO are sending weapons into Ukraine via multiple land border crossings in Eastern Europe. While they’re not sending warplanes, the deliveries still risk provoking Russia, which has warned it considers arms deliveries entering Ukraine a legitimate target.

Author: Dave DeCamp

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