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Ukraine has waited ‘too long’ for more Western weapons: Kyiv mayor

Madrid, Jun 28 (EFE).- Ukraine has waited “too long” for Western nations to provide sufficient defensive weapons to help the country in its fight against Russia, the mayor of Kyiv, Vitali Klitschko, said Tuesday.

Klitschko was speaking to reporters in Madrid on the sidelines of a major Nato summit, where world leaders are due to discuss the Alliance’s strategic roadmap and the new geo-political reality in the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

“We have waited too long. We want to thank our partners but the weapons are taking too long (to arrive),” he said.

“We have spent too much time. Everyday Ukrainian patriots pay for that with their lives.”

Klitschko said his country needed more anti-air raid systems to “defend our homeland.”

“We see every day the Russians are destroying our cities, killing civilians, destroying infrastructure,” he said.

The Kyiv mayor and former world heavyweight champion boxer also accused Moscow of waging a “terrorist” campaign, a day after at least 20 people were killed when a Russian missile struck a shopping mall in central Ukraine, an attack which many Western leaders have labeled a war crime.

“They have attacked Ukraine, and killed thousands and thousands of civilians. It’s a terror attack on our homeland,” he said.

“We expect continued support for Ukraine, and unity around Ukraine. Supporting Ukraine is the key for peace back in Europe,” he added. EFE


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