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Ukraine got only 10% of weapons it asked from West — deputy minister

Russian capabilities are way higher in terms of weaponry and in terms of manpower, Anna Malyar noted

KIEV, June 15. /TASS/. So far, Ukraine has so far received only 10% of weapons it requested from Western countries, Ukrainian Deputy Defense Minister Anna Malyar has told the Ukrainian television.

"Russian capabilities are way higher in terms of weaponry and in terms of manpower. No matter how hard Ukraine tries, no matter how professional our army is, we cannot win this war without our Western partners’ help," she said.

"Now we only have 10% of what Ukraine had requested, of what we need," the deputy defense minister said.

In her words, the Ukrainian military lacks weapons to effectively counter the Russian forces. According to Malyar, the Ukrainian troops use between 5,000 and 6,000 artillery rounds per day. The number of shells fired by Russian forces is ten times higher, according to her estimates.

On February 24, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a special military operation in Ukraine following a request from the heads of the Donbass republics. The Russian leader stressed that Moscow had no plans to occupy Ukrainian territories and the goal was to demilitarize and denazify the country. In response, the West imposed major sanctions on Russia. In addition, Western countries started to provide weapons and military equipment to Kiev, whose total value is currently estimated in billions of dollars.