The US ambassador to the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) has warned that they “are witnessing the beginning stages of a massive offensive by Russia’s forces” in eastern Ukraine.
The US Permanent Representative to the OSCE Michael Carpenter said Ukraine are in dire need of modern weapons and ammunition.
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He warned they need weapons to successfully resist the Russian aggression and protect Ukrainian citizens from atrocities like those seen in Bucha, Hostomel and Borodianka, where mass graves and horrific war crimes took place.
Speaking at a meeting of the Special Permanent Council in Vienna Carpenter said, “The Kremlin has openly declared its intention to conquer eastern Ukraine, and developments on the ground leave little doubt we are witnessing the beginning stages of a massive offensive by Russia’s forces in the Donbas.
“All indications are that the battlefield dynamics will soon shift from closer-range combat to longer-range fires where artillery and multiple launch rocket systems are critical,” he said.
“Ukraine desperately needs modern weapons and ammunition to defend itself in this new and deadly phase of the conflict.
“It needs these weapons and ammunition now, as quickly as we can possibly get them there. Not long-term negotiated contracts to purchase weapons, but the immediate provision of advanced capabilities to protect its civilians from the horrors of this war.
“If ever there was a time to energise our support for Ukraine, it is now,” he stressed.
Carpenter said this is a war for “independence against imperialism” and the “stakes are high for Ukraine” and warned there is “no time to lose.”
Caprenter said, “This is a war for sovereignty against subjugation, for independence against imperialism, for the principles of international law against the brute force of a predatory power.
“The task before us is to rise to the moment and provide Ukraine with the capabilities it requires.
“The stakes are high for Ukraine and for us all.
“I call upon all of us here today to urge our own governments to step up and deliver.
“There is no time to lose.
“We must move swiftly, together, to immediately provide Ukraine with capabilities to protect its civilians from the horrors of this war – from atrocities like those in Bucha, Hostomel, and Borodianka,” he said.