NATO announced on Sunday that it will send more deliveries of heavy weapons to Ukraine. Kyiv had requested more vehicles, artillery, and missiles, which will add to the massive costs American taxpayers have already paid to carry out the war.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg told German media “the recent pledges for heavy warfare equipment are important — and I expect more in the future.” His comments came as he prepared to sit down this week with a group that organizes arms shipments to Ukraine.
The statement coincides with Russia celebrating their capture of Soledar in the nation’s east.
In a Sunday interview, Russian President Vladimir Putin declared “There is a positive dynamic. Everything is developing according to plans.” Russia’s Defense Ministry also announced that it had successfully “completed the liberation” of the Ukrainian town.
Kyiv can expect more deliveries of heavy weapons from Western countries soon, NATO said Sunday, as President Vladimir Putin praised his forces after their claimed capture of a Ukraine town.https://t.co/nLIGrgMdRJ
— AFP News Agency (@AFP) January 15, 2023
The U.S.-based Institute for the Study of War said on Sunday that it is unlikely that Ukraine’s military can hold their positions in the outpost.
Soledar had been under attack from forces led by Yevgeny Prigozhin.
However, Ukrainian officials rejected the claims and reported that Soledar is still the site of heavy fighting. There are Western media reports that the town’s defenders are still “bloodying Moscow’s troops in fierce fighting” for control of the town.
Meanwhile, worldwide elites are now gathered in Switzerland for the World Economic Forum’s Davos meeting. Noticeably absent is the normal lineup of Russian politicians and oligarchs for social gatherings and economic forums.
Present at this year’s assembly instead are many of Ukraine’s closest allies and neighbors from Eastern Europe, the Baltics, and Nordic countries. There are expected to be numerous discussions over heavy and sophisticated weaponry to be sent to Kyiv.