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Ukraine switches from Soviet-era weapons to modern artillery to keep Russia at bay

The Ukrainian army has revealed that it is turning to modern weapons to defend against the Russian invasion.

The commander of the Ukrainian army, General Valerie Zaluzhny, confirmed the move over the weekend, according to IPU.

The new-look weapons will now mean that Ukrainian forces will be able to fight with devices that meet “NATO standards”.

The New York Times reports Gen. Zaluzhny spoke with U.S. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley and they consolidated the improved armament plan.

Since the start of the invasion in late February, Ukraine has mainly relied on Soviet-era weapons to fight the Russian military.

However, as the country enters the second phase of the war, NATO countries are now supplying more deadly weapons to kyiv, according to the Guardian.

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But former head of British defense intelligence Phil Osborn told the outlet: “The question will be how much the West will shift to offensive weapons.”

He added: “The absolute importance of ensuring that the supply of critical military equipment is maintained and increased.”

Ukraine’s Defense Ministry also shared a statement revealing that Russian forces are stepping up around their borders, especially on the Belarus-Poland double.

They wrote: “There is a threat of the enemy launching missile strikes on military and civilian infrastructure throughout Ukraine from the territory of the Republic of Belarus, as well as enemy provocations on the section specified state border of Ukraine”.

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Credit: Zhang Jiye/Xinhua/Alamy

Over the weekend, US State Department spokesman Ned Price said the United States would continue to support Ukraine while providing more weapons.

He said in a reading: “Secretary of State Antony J. Blinker spoke today with the Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro kuleba follow up on their meeting of April 24 at Kyiv.

“The Secretary underline the strong support of the United States for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity in the face of brutal Russian aggression.”

secretary Blinker and Minister of Foreign Affairs kuleba also discussed the administration’s request to Congress for $33 billion in security, economic, and humanitarian aid to “enable Ukraine to defeat the Kremlin’s impermissible war.”

The meeting follows Germany’s agreement to send heavy weapons, self-propelled guns and antiaircraft tanks to the Eastern European country after being criticized for not providing military equipment soon enough.

The Guardian reports the country’s defense minister, Christine Lambrecht, confirmed that the German army will refurbish anti-aircraft gun tanks, known as Cheetah or Flakpanzer gepard and send them to Ukraine as the invasion continues to escalate.