Harsh criticism: “Slow” Western arms delivery for Ukraine

In a column for the latest issue of The Spectator, former British Prime Minister Boris Johnson called on Western partners to stop delaying military aid and speed up deliveries.

“There’s only one thing they (Ukraine) want from us, and that’s the weapons to finish the job – and so I just don’t understand why we’re hesitating so long,” Johnson wrote, according to The Kyiv Independent. The British politician stressed the need for Ukraine to have mainly man-portable air defense systems (MANPADS), additional Patriot air defense systems, as well as long-range missiles and artillery.

Johnson criticized Washington’s apparent reluctance to supply Ukraine with ATACMS missiles, pointing out that Ukraine needs about 200 units of them, while the U.S. has thousands in stock.

The former British prime minister, who earned a reputation for staunch support for Ukraine during his time in office, called on the U.K. to provide increased assistance to Ukraine in the form of howitzers, Storm Shadow missiles, air defense systems and drone technology.

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