President Volodymyr Zelenskyy expects that the result of the second meeting of the partner countries in the composition in which they met at Ramstein Air Base, scheduled for May 23 in online format, will be the provision of Ukraine with the necessary weapons to defend its territories.
"To be honest, we have high expectations. I would call it a long-awaited process. We are grateful for the great military support provided by various states. We expect a positive result on the supply of MLRS. I have no secrets, we appeal to all countries - from the United States to every European country - regarding MLRS, thanks to which Ukraine will be able to take over the initiative and liberate its territory," said the President, answering questions from media representatives following talks with Prime Minister of Portugal António Costa in Kyiv.
To those countries that are afraid to provide Ukraine with MLRS because they believe that our state will attack Russia, Volodymyr Zelenskyy reminded that the war is currently underway on Ukrainian territory, and Donbas has not ceased to be part of Ukraine after Russian passports were issued there.
"These are our territories, and we are going step by step to liberate them. We cannot pay the price of tens, hundreds of thousands of people. So we ask you to help us. In some countries it is just stored (this weaponry - ed.), and for us it is survival, I mean these MLRS," the Head of State stressed.
According to him, the Ukrainian side knows that the Russian Federation at various levels threatens certain states, trying to prevent the transfer of these systems to Ukraine. Volodymyr Zelenskyy called on the countries not to be afraid and to unite, because that is what Russia is really afraid of.
"It is afraid of a strong union, that the EU and the United States will act as one organism. This is very important for us as well, because Ukraine is a fist in this single organism today. That is why we really need your material help,” the Head of State concluded.