Speaking before a committee on military assistance at the GLOBSEC-2022 International Security Forum in Bratislava, Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov said that Ukraine needs simplified and expedited arms supply procedures.
This is according to Ministry of Defense Press service, Ukrinform reports.
During the event, the participants discussed the problematic issues related to the supply of arms and military equipment to Ukraine, the principles and approaches that countries should apply in support of the transfer of security assistance.
Reznikov thanked the host country, the Slovak people and the GLOBSEC community for their support of Ukraine. He also thanked his colleagues, Defense Ministers Jaroslav Nad and Dragomir Zakov for their support from the governments of the Slovak Republic and Bulgaria.
The head of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine briefed the committee members on the security situation in order to better understand the needs of the Ukrainian army.
“Russia is trying to seize the south and east of our state, while not abandoning the goal of capturing Kyiv and destroying the Ukrainian state. Heavy fighting broke out in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions this week. The enemy is throwing large forces for the capture of Severodonetsk and Lyschansk and took control of the entire Luhansk region,” Reznikov said.
He said the Russian army outnumbered the Ukrainian forces in long-range artillery, armored vehicles and warplanes. The Russians also have a constant supply of Soviet-era ammunition to destroy peaceful settlements.
“The Russian army is building deep defensive lines in the Kherson region. Our goal is to prevent the realization of Russian scenarios and to liberate our lands as soon as possible,” Reznikov stressed.
According to the minister, the Ukrainian defense forces need heavy weapons, primarily MLR systems, as well as artillery, tanks, anti-ship and unmanned systems, missile and air defense and special missiles to counter enemy radars, which will allow Ukraine to deploy. Private combat aircraft.
“We need it quickly and in numbers proportional to the scale of the threats. Ukraine has found itself at war without sufficient support from the democratic world. The situation is now changing, albeit slowly. We appreciate the contribution of every country, which is currently with Ukraine, which has committed itself to making efforts to increase Effectiveness of international support ”, added the head of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine.
He noted that during Ramstein’s recent meeting of defense leaders, attention focused on three main aspects of the operation: timing, transportation, and assistance package.
According to Oleksiy Reznikov, it is clear that “peacetime” measures should not be used during the war, since delays, measured in days and weeks, cost many lives of Ukrainians.
“I would like to ask you to take the appropriate decisions and inform your governments about the matter. There are many examples where my colleagues, the Ministers of Defense, support the initiative, while they have to coordinate the implementation with the Ministers of Finance or other government bodies, which often slows down the process. We need simplified and accelerated procedures ‘ said Reznikov.
A joint analysis of each form of assistance has also been proposed to divide it into three categories: short term, medium term and long term. Reznikov emphasized that such assistance is considered from a quantitative and qualitative perspective: how to increase the capabilities of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in any given period.
“The ideal is to have weapons and military equipment as an organic unit. Ukraine has changed its philosophy on arms supplies: while in the first month of the war we focused on portable anti-tank and anti-aircraft systems, now the nature of the war has changed, and we need more heavy weapons, ” Reznikov said, noting that Soviet-era weapons and ammunition are running out, so NATO-style weapons, ammunition and military equipment are needed to replace them.
Separately, the Ukrainian minister stressed the need to train Ukrainian crews before the weapons actually arrived in Ukraine.
This also applies to the training of maintenance and repair professionals, which ensures a longer life of the assistance provided. Also, let’s not forget about the development of our defense industry, said Reznikov, to provide long-term maintenance and repair cycles.
In the Minister’s view, the role of NATO is prominent in this regard, which implies an assessment of the strengthening of Ukraine’s integration into the Alliance.
As previously reported, President Volodymyr Zelensky, addressing the GLOBSEC Forum, said that Europe should strengthen unity, including by granting Ukraine the status of a candidate for eventual membership.