U.S. Says It Will Begin Training Ukraine on Abrams Tanks Within Weeks

A Ukrainian soldier loading shells inside an American-made M109 Paladin self-propelled howitzer in Bakhmut, Ukraine, last week.Credit…Mauricio Lima for The New York Times

President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine says he has asked NATO’s secretary general to help “overcome the reluctance” of some Ukrainian allies to provide long-range weapons and more modern aircraft and artillery.

“Delay with appropriate decisions is time lost for peace and the lives of our soldiers, who have not yet received the vitally necessary number of defense means,” Mr. Zelensky said during a joint news conference with the alliance’s secretary general, Jens Stoltenberg, in Kyiv on Thursday.

Mr. Zelensky has repeatedly expressed frustration with the pace of weapons deliveries from Western allies. He spoke on the eve of a meeting of defense and military officials from more than 40 countries supporting Ukraine in the war against Russia, a gathering known as the Ukraine Defense Contact Group.


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