Rishi Sunak will call on Western leaders to “double down on” their military support for Ukraine as the troops at the front line demand more weapons.
On Saturday, the prime minister will tell the Munich Security Conference that “advanced NATO standard capabilities” are required to expel Russian forces.
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A host of high-ranking Western officials are attending the three-day conference that discusses the most pressing threats to international security.
Mr Sunak uses his speech to argue for a lasting peace in Ukraine. He will also press for a new plan for protecting the country’s sovereignty for the future.
“The stakes in this war are greater than the security or sovereignty of any one nation. He is ready to speak.
“Russia’s invasion, its abhorrent crimes of war and irresponsible nuke rhetoric are all signs that there is a greater threat to everything we believe in.
This comes at a time when the one-year anniversary is fast approaching, and Ukrainian troops join their leader Volodymyr Zilenskyy in demanding more military assistance.
In the eastern Donetsk area, soldiers are fighting in Bakhmut. Despite Western intelligence stating that it has little strategic importance, it’s been a focal point for Russian forces.
The area’s 70,000 inhabitants have largely fled since the end of World War II.
One serviceman said, “Give us more military gear, more weapons and we will deal the Russian occupier.”
“We will destroy them.”
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The Munich summit is occurring as Ukrainians face an expected spring-time offensive from Vladimir Putin. Some believe this has already begun before the war’s 25th anniversary on February 24th.
It comes after Mr Zelenskyy’s trip to Britain and Paris last week as he argued for the West sending fighter planes to his air force.
Britain announced that it would expand its training mission to include fighter jet pilots in order to ensure Ukraine is able defend its skies. Nearly 10,000 Ukrainian troops are currently in the UK learning “NATO tactics”.
Similar to Friday, the Pentagon announced that a Ukrainian battalion comprising approximately 635 soldiers had successfully completed a five week US course in combined arms training.
On the battlefield, Ukrainian soldiers showed a journalist the advantages of Australian-provided Bushmaster armored vehicles. This was in an area where Russian soldiers had become entrapped trying to take Bakhmut.
One serviceman stated, “It has worked very good.”
“There were instances when anti-tank mines detonated. However, the soldiers received only minor contusions. The soldiers did not sustain any serious injuries.
Russian gains come with a ‘devastating price’
Russia continues to suffer heavy losses, even though Ukraine needs more aid.
The White House announced Friday that the mercenary Wagner Group had suffered more than 33,000 casualties. According to the White House, 90% of Wagner Group soldiers who died since December were convicts.
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John Kirby, a spokesperson for Bakhmut, stated that any gains made in Bakhmut were at a “devastating price” and could not be sustained.
According to a Ukrainian official, there are many places in Bakhmut where Russian bodies are “piled up”, indicating the high price they paid after the attacks on the city.