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‘We need it to be faster,’ says Ukraine’s ambassador about arms shipments

Ukraine’s ambassador to the United States on Sunday urged American leaders to speed up shipments of arms and aid to the country, which is struggling to defend itself from Russian forces.

Ambassador Oksana Markarova said on CBS’ “Face the Nation” with Margaret Brennan: “When you’re dealing with an enemy this bad, you can’t go faster than this. We have to catch up after a long hiatus.” Told. “We need to be faster.”

Ukraine’s leaders have been waiting with bated breath for months as parliament debates the latest aid package for the war-torn country. The $61 billion package ends months of deadlock that has divided House Republicans.

Russian forces have gained momentum in Ukraine in recent months as American and European supplies dwindle. Airstrikes have been stepped up on the front lines and in major cities, including the country’s second largest city, Kharkiv.

Markarova said that air defense systems are Ukraine’s biggest need.

“We are very grateful to the people who provide us with the system,” she said. “We are grateful to the United States for seeking them out, allowing them, and funding some of them, but we need more and have literally taken brave decisions and done what we will soon see. It’s time to give us more information so we can get where we need it.”

The comments come as Ukraine urges the United States to allow the use of American-made weapons on Russian territory, a hard line set as a condition of aid. Many of the attacks on Kharkiv originated from Russia, which has been prevented from using American weapons to attack Russian soil due to U.S. concerns about escalating the conflict.

“That’s the same as someone attacking Washington, D.C., from Virginia and then saying for some reason they’re not going to attack Virginia,” said David Alakhamiya, a Ukrainian lawmaker who visited Washington last week. Ta.

Markarova did not mention Alhamiyah, but suggested that discussions were taking place about lifting restrictions.

“Whether we attack Russian forces within our territory or attack Russian forces outside our territory, we are defending ourselves. And we have strived to do that.” she said. “But of course there were some limitations.”

“Going forward, I will not be participating in any public discussions. We are in discussions with the United States or other partners,” she continued. “But what I want to say is that Russia is clearly the aggressor here.”

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