Ukraine pledges to fight Russia, shows US military equipment
He then flew to Kharkiv, a town near Ukraine’s northeastern border with Russia and a traditional center of arms manufacturing, to mark a delivery of manufactured tanks, armored vehicles and armored vehicles. in the factories of the city.
Standing in front of rows of soldiers, tanks and planes in the town’s main square on Monday evening, Zelenskiy trumpeted how the Ukrainian army had equipped itself with the help of NATO allies.
Ukraine, a former Soviet republic now aspiring to join the European Union and NATO, received Javelin anti-tank missiles from the United States, sophisticated drones from Turkey and signed an agreement with Britain to build ships and new naval bases on the southern coast of Ukraine. .
Several cities in Ukraine are celebrating the 30th anniversary of the establishment of an independent army after gaining independence from the Soviet Union in 1991.
“Today, together with the Commander-in-Chief of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, I am here in Kharkiv on Freedom Square,” Zelenskiy said in a speech.
“This is important, because freedom for us is the greatest value,” he said, adding: “it is a symbol of our state, all of Ukraine, which has been defended against aggression of Russia in 2014 by our soldiers and continues to be defended by them today.
Kiev, Lviv and the southern port city of Odessa featured Humvees made in the United States. In Odessa, there was also a handover ceremony for two recently delivered US Coast Guard patrol vessels intended to strengthen the Ukrainian navy.
Ukraine urged NATO to speed up its entry into the military alliance and said Moscow has no right to veto such a move. NATO leaders gave their support, but said Ukraine must first carry out defense reforms and fight corruption.
Biden will warn Putin of the dire economic consequences if Russia goes ahead with a threat to invade Ukraine, a senior US administration official said on Monday.
Biden and Putin are to hold a secure video call on Tuesday as the United States tries to stop Russia from launching military action against Ukraine after Moscow massages tens of thousands of troops on the Ukrainian border.
The official, briefing reporters ahead of the call, said the United States was working with its European allies on a strong response in the event of an invasion. He said the United States and Europe would impose severe economic suffering.
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken scheduled a call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy on Monday and Biden planned to speak to him within days of the call, the official said.