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Ukrainian Foreign Minister on front situation: 'Perhaps even more serious than almost two years ago'

Ukrainian Foreign Minister on front situation: 'Perhaps even more serious than almost two years ago' Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Dmytro Kuleba (Photo: Getty Images)

The situation on the front line in Ukraine remains difficult, particularly due to a lack of ammunition and anti-aircraft defense systems, which may be even more severe than it was almost two years ago, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, Dmytro Kuleba, in an interview with Bild.

"The situation is very serious, perhaps even more serious than it was since the beginning of the Russian invasion almost two years ago," said Kuleba.

He also noted that the mass rocket strike on the morning of January 23 is evidence that Ukraine needs more air defense systems and missiles for them.

"Although Ukraine has significantly increased its production and will continue to do so, we still see that the Western defense industry is unable to produce a sufficient amount of products," added the minister.

According to him, Ukraine's needs "do not match the defense needs" of Western countries.

Needs of the Armed Forces

Ukrainian Minister of Defense Rustem Umerov, at the Contact Group on Defense of Ukraine meeting in the Ramstein format on January 23, explained what the Armed Forces need to break through on the front.

According to him, sufficient equipment and ammunition, technical maintenance, and spare parts are "critically important components of success."

"But for a breakthrough, innovation and significant technological progress are needed. That is why, in 2024, defense technologies will play a central role in the Ministry of Defense's agenda," the minister emphasized.

Umerov also expressed gratitude to all partner countries supporting Ukraine's Armed Forces, particularly in developing coalition capabilities. At the same time, he emphasized the critical need to increase long-term military aid packages.