Ukraine PM appeals for more military aid

Photo by Denys Shmyhal/

PM Shmyhal says Russia wants to swamp Europe with a new wave of Ukrainian refugees by its targeting of infrastructure in Ukraine: French broadcaster LCI 

As more shelling was reported in the eastern parts of Ukraine on Monday, December 12, Ukraine Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal has urged countries for more military aid to fight the war against Russia. Shmyhal made this statement during an interview with French broadcaster LCI, according to a report by Associated Press.  

Shmyhal said that Russia fires from 50,000 to 70,000 shells every day at Ukrainian targets and in order to counter further strikes, the country needs Patriot surface-to-air missiles. He also said that Ukraine needs more German and French air defense systems that have previously been supplied.  

Patriot missiles will give a major advantage to Ukraine as the air defence system would help the country defend itself against air strikes, but no country so far has offered them, the report added. 

Shmyhal further said, “Ukraine needs resupplies of artillery shells and modern battle tanks”, adding, “Ukraine also needs large quantities of shells to respond like-for-like against Russian artillery”.  

While talking about the impact of the war on the people in Ukraine, Shmyhal said, “Russia wants to swamp Europe with a new wave of Ukrainian refugees by its targeting of infrastructure in Ukraine that has caused electricity and water outages for millions during freezing winter weather”.  

The report said, thousands of people have lost their lives after several cities in Ukraine have been completely destroyed in the war since February 24. Millions of people have left the country after the attacks started and many more are expected to leave following the winter electricity problems caused by the recent strikes on Ukraine´s energy infrastructure. 

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