NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg on Tuesday warned that Russia’s President wanted “to use winter as a weapon of war” in his Ukraine campaign.
Reiterating the promise that NATO will continuing supporting Ukraine in war against Russia, he said the alliance would provide more military resources to Kiev.
He was talking to reporters in Bucharest ahead of a meeting of the NATO foreign ministers as Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba called for increasing the production of weapons.
In an interview with Politico, Kuleba warned that it would not be possible to win on the battlefield in the longer term without investing in making more weapons.
“While we are fighting the battles of today, we have to think how we will be fighting the battles of tomorrow,” he said.
The statement comes amid reports that even the US hasn’t been able to keep pace with the demand and is facing shortage, forcing the Biden administration to focus on the issue.
Meanwhile, France has delivered the promised LRU multiple launch rocket system to Ukraine, Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov announced Tuesday, saying his country is now even more powerful.
Stay calm, give tanks
Before the meeting in Bucharest, the capital of Romania, Lithuania’s Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis, urged his colleagues from the military alliance to provide tanks to Ukraine.
The east European countries are the most vocal supporters of Ukraine as they have historically suffered at the hands of Russian hegemonic designs – an approach in contrast with those from the Western Europe.
Moreover, it is not just the respective governments’ position as there is wide public support too for Ukraine.
Long-range US weapons for Ukraine
Earlier on Monday, it had been reported that the Pentagon was considering a proposal to supply Ukraine with GLSDBs (Ground-Launched Small Diameter Bombs).
It is said that the GLSDBs could be delivered as early as spring 2023 and would allow Kyiv to strike far behind Russian lines, using Ukrainian MLRS and HIMARS launchers.
The proposal, one of the several which are under consideration, by Boeing came as the US and allied military inventories are shrinking with Ukraine faces an increasing need for more sophisticated weapons as the war drags on.
Meanwhile, the US is also ramping up production of 155mm artillery shells by allowing the defence contractors to manufacture them.