NATO chief promises more heavy weapons to Ukraine ‘in the near future’

Ukrainian army Grad multiple rocket launcher fires rockets at Russian positions in the frontline near Soledar, Donetsk region, Ukraine, January 11, 2023. (AP Photo/Libkos)
Ukrainian army Grad multiple rocket launcher fires rockets at Russian positions in the frontline near Soledar, Donetsk region, Ukraine, January 11, 2023. (AP Photo/Libkos)

Ukraine can expect more deliveries of heavy weapons from Western countries soon, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg says in an interview with German media.

“The recent pledges for heavy warfare equipment are important — and I expect more in the near future,” Stoltenberg tells the Handelsblatt daily.

“We are in a decisive phase of the war,” Stoltenberg says. “Therefore, it is important that we provide Ukraine with the weapons it needs to win.”

Stoltenberg says Russian President Vladimir Putin made a mistake by attacking Ukraine.

“He overestimated the strength of his own armed forces. We see their missteps, their lack of morale, the leadership problems, the poor equipment,” he says. But the Russians “have demonstrated that they are prepared to take heavy losses to achieve their goals.”

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