Zelenskyy asks for more aid to Ukraine as world's attention turns to Israel
Ukrainian president Zelenskyy arrives in Brussels, asks Western countries for continued aid, emphasising air defence systems as a priority
As the world's attention shifted to Israel, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy arrived in Brussels to ask Western countries to continue their aid to Ukraine.
"We spoke about priorities for Ukraine, for defending how to survive during this next winter," Zelenskyy told reporters on Wednesday before attending a meeting with NATO defence ministers, Xinhua news agency reported.
"We need some support from the leaders. That is why I am here today," he said, with the presence of NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.
Zelenskyy named air defence systems as one of his priorities. "It is not just basic words. We need concrete things and we need them in very concrete geographic points on our land," he added.
The NATO-Ukraine meeting secured more support for the country to face the winter conflicts. Stoltenberg said the alliance would provide more cold weather clothing, demining capabilities, fuel, and medical equipment "to help Ukraine weather another difficult winter".
The new pledge was made when the clashes between Israel and Hamas were drawing the world's attention. As of Wednesday, more than 2,000 people have been killed and thousands of others injured on both sides.
On Thursday, NATO defence ministers will discuss the situation in the West Asia, with Israeli Defence Minister Yoav Gallant set to join via videoconference.
Published: 12 Oct 2023, 12:13 PM