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Ukrainian official says Russian invasion proved Ukraine’s military is one of the strongest ‘in the world’

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba sits at the State Department in Washington, DC on February 22, 2022.Carolyn Kaster/Pool via Reuters

  • Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba told NBC’s “Meet the Press” that Ukraine’s military is among the strongest “in the world.”

  • “The reality is that we know how to fight. We are capable,” Kuleba said.

  • He also called on NATO to continue providing weapons to help Ukraine defend against Russian attacks.

A Ukrainian official on Sunday praised the Ukrainian army for its performance during the Russian invasion.

“The reality is that we know how to fight. We are capable of it,” Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said in an interview with NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

“I think it won’t be an exaggeration to say that Ukraine turned out to have one of the strongest armies in the world, perhaps second only to the United States,” Kuleba continued. “Not in terms of numbers, but in terms of combat experience and ability to fight.”

Ukrainians who spoke to Insider during the ongoing invasion paints a dark picture of devastation. They described the hearing missiles fire in the sky in the middle of the night, duty share a single bulletproof vest as Russian soldiers pass through their towns, and troops fire on homes and hospitals.

The war forced millions of Ukrainians to flee their homeland. So far, more than 4.5 million Ukrainians have escaped since the start of the invasion, according to Data of the United Nations Refugee Agency. In the first week alone, more than a million Ukrainians left.

Kuleba said in the interview that if Ukraine were a member of NATO, “this war wouldn’t happen.”

“But all we need is advanced weapons of all kinds provided to us,” Kuleba said. “So we offer the West and NATO a fair deal: you give us everything we need, and we fight so that you don’t have to intervene in the fight, when Putin decides to test the ‘Article Five North Atlantic Treaty, an Attack on a NATO Country.’

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has for weeks called on NATO and Western nations to impose a no-fly zone over Ukraine to deter Russian missiles and airstrikes.

But President Joe Biden has resisted calls to implement them for fear of entering into a potential war with Russia, another nuclear power. Some lawmakers, like Senator Marco Rubio of Florida, have said the move could lead to World War III.

Early March, Putin warned that any country that tries to impose a no-fly zone will be considered “participating in a military conflict, and it doesn’t matter what organizations they are members of”.

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Rodney N.

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