Ukraine’s president has pleaded with the NATO alliance to provide his embattled country with military assistance.
In a video address to the NATO summit on Thursday, Volodymyr Zelenskiy said Ukraine needs “military assistance without limitations” as Russia is “using its entire arsenal” against the country.
Zelenskiy urged NATO to provide Ukraine with “1 per cent of all your planes, 1 per cent of all your tanks”.
“We can’t just buy those,” Zelenskiy said.
“When we will have all this, it will give us, just like you, 100 per cent security.”
Ukraine is also in dire need of multiple launch rocket systems, anti-ship weapons and air defence systems, Zelenskiy said.
“Is it possible to survive in such a war without this?,” he asked.
Zelenskiy said Russia used phosphorous bombs on Thursday morning, killing both adults and children.
He reminded NATO leaders that thousands of Ukrainians have died in the past month, 10 million people have left their homes and urged NATO to give “clear answers”.
“It feels like we’re in a grey area, between the West and Russia, defending our common values,” Zelenskiy said emotionally.
“This is the scariest thing during a war – not to have clear answers to requests for help.”
Zelenskiy did not reiterate his request for a no-fly zone or ask to join NATO, according to a senior US official.