12:08 24.01.2024

Ukraine will have more long-range weapons - Defense Ministry after Ramstein-18

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Ukraine will have more long-range weapons - Defense Ministry after Ramstein-18

The partners have a full understanding that Ukraine needs more long-range weapons, said Ilarion Pavliuk, head of the Press and Information Department of the Ministry of Defense.

At a briefing in Kyiv, Pavliuk pointed out that special attention at the Ramstein-18 meeting was paid to "deep strike weapon, that is, systems that allow hitting beyond the line of contact, and there is a full understanding of the partners that we need this weapon."

"The commitment to work to provide Ukraine with more weapons for such attacks was absolutely clearly assumed by the partners, they talked about it, they paid special attention to it," he said.

Pavliuk also noted air defense, pointing out that Ukraine and its partners are "creative in solving existing problems."

"Besides the fact that Ukraine will receive a sufficient number of missiles for existing systems, partners, more than one country, are already working on upgrading Western missiles to existing Soviet-style launch systems and anti-aircraft systems," he explained.

Head of the Department of International Defense Cooperation of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine, Colonel Hennadiy Kovalenko, said that the meeting also discussed issues of strengthening Ukraine's capabilities within the framework of aviation, air defense, artillery coalitions and the maritime security coalition. In particular, within the framework of the aviation coalition, along with commitments to provide F-16 aircraft, issues of providing additional helicopters by the allies are also being discussed.

"On long-term support, first of all, I would like to emphasize what areas: this is the development of the capabilities of the Air Force. By the way, today it was not only the receipt of F-16 aircraft, which everyone knows about. The development of the capabilities of the Air Force also applies to helicopters, today it was clearly voiced, and also unmanned platforms," he said at a briefing in Kyiv.

Kovalenko said that another important area of long-term assistance to the Ukrainian forces is Ground Based Air Defense.

"The third direction for the long term, I would note the artillery coalition, which was announced by representatives of France and the United States in Paris last week," the colonel said.

In particular, the issue of diversifying the supply of artillery systems, taking into account the wear of artillery barrels, was discussed.

In addition, issues of the IT coalition, drone and maritime security coalition were raised.

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