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Zelenskyy’s Europe tour was a success, but West’s latest gifts may not be enough

By Dan Sabbagh

16 May 2023 · 3 min read

Editor's Note

On his recent tour of Europe, Zelenskyy extracted new commitments for arms deliveries. It was part of his effort to "secure a pipeline of future supply from Europe," reports The Guardian.

Even by Volodymyr Zelenskiy’s standards, the Ukrainian president’s high-speed trip around Europe’s principal capitals was successful. A trip to Berlin extracted a commitment to supply €2.7bn more arms, Paris offered more troop training and light tanks, and London stumped up pilot training and long-range drones.

The ongoing supply of western weapons is what gives Kyiv its best hope of kicking out the Russian invaders, a point underlined by Moscow’s overnight bombing of Kyiv. Eighteen out of 18 missiles apparently aimed at US-made Patriot air defence systems were knocked out and casualties appear to be minimal.

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