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Ukraine’s Defence Minister explains words of Commander-in-Chief of Armed Forces about "300 tanks needed"

Tuesday, 20 December 2022, 15:17
Ukraine’s Defence Minister explains words of Commander-in-Chief of Armed Forces about 300 tanks needed

When naming the amount of necessary equipment — 300 tanks, 700 infantry fighting vehicles and 500 howitzers, Valerii Zaluzhnyi, the Commander-in-Chief, actually meant the needs of a specific operation; meanwhile, more equipment and weapons are needed for the complete liberation of Ukrainian lands.

Source: Oleksii Reznikov, the Minister of Defense, during the 24/7 national joint newscast

Quote: "I would like to clarify General Zaluzhnyi’s opinion, because not everyone read it correctly. He said that he could win this war as a whole, and [also] separately named a figure of needs for a specific operation.

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Therefore, this [would mean] a victory in one specific operation, and yes, these numbers are realistic, [taking into account position of] our partners and the power of our military industry.

But for complete victory, complete liberation of Ukrainian lands as of 1991, including Crimea, Donetsk, and Luhansk, of course, we need more equipment and weapons, which we inform our partners about."

Background: In an interview with The Economist, Valerii Zaluzhnyi, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, stated that Ukraine would be able to reach the borders as they were on 23 February if it had 300 tanks, approximately 700 infantry fighting vehicles and 500 howitzers.

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