We Have Few Options Left for Military Assistance to Ukraine — Czechia's President

Thursday, 23 March 2023

The Czech Republic has been helping Ukraine with arms supplies as much as possible, but it only has a few options for further assistance.

According to President Petr Pavel, the Czech Republic has already given Ukraine everything it could. He still sees some opportunities in air defence and ammunition.

However, they may face a problem with ammunition manufacturing due to labour shortages and the current low unemployment rate. "Labour is hard to find here. There are opportunities, for example, workers from Ukraine," Petr Pavel, president of the Czech Republic, said in an interview with Süddeutsche Zeitung.

Pavel considers Germany's decision to send to Ukraine Leopard 2 tanks a very good step. "This has opened the door for all other countries. For a successful offensive, the Ukrainians now need tanks, armoured vehicles, artillery, anti-aircraft defences and lots and lots of ammunition," he said.

"The MiG-29 fighters, which will move from Poland and Slovakia to Ukraine, will also help. Every plane is important. I have no idea what we can do next," the Czech president said.

He added that sending Western aircraft would be a logical step in the long term.

Petr Pavel believes that the next few months are the best time for Ukraine's counteroffensive (Ukr) against Russian troops.

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