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Ukraine says it has only received 10% of weapons pledged by West

A Ukrainian serviceman patrols a village near the frontline in the Donetsk oblast region, eastern Ukraine, June 2, 2022. (Bernat Armangue/AP)
A Ukrainian serviceman patrols a village near the frontline in the Donetsk oblast region, eastern Ukraine, June 2, 2022. (Bernat Armangue/AP)

Ukraine has received just 10 percent of the weapons pledged by the West to help Kyiv to fight off the Russian offensive, the deputy defense minister says.

“From what we said we need, we got about 10%,” Anna Malyar says in televised remarks, saying the West should speed up its delivery schedule. “No matter how hard Ukraine tries, no matter how professional our army is, without the help of Western partners we will not be able to win this war.”

There should be “a clear timeframe” for such deliveries as every delay costs Ukraine dearly and risks more territory falling into Russian hands, she says.

“We need to know clear deadlines because every day there’s a delay, we’re talking about the lives of Ukrainian soldiers and civilians,” she adds. “We can’t wait very long, because the situation is very complicated,” she says, referring to the creeping Russian advance in Donbas, where Moscow’s forces are poised to take over the entire Lugansk region.

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