Canada confirmed its intention to send tanks to Ukraine, bringing the number of countries participating in the tank coalition to 12.
“Today, we withstood another massive missile strike by terrorists. A strike that fully confirms everything we have been talking about with our partners both yesterday and since the beginning of our diplomatic marathon. This evil, this Russian aggression can and should be stopped only with adequate weapons. The terrorist state will not understand anything else,” President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky said in his address on the evening of January 26.
He underscored the need to impose new sanctions on Russia and to work even harder to establish a tribunal for the crime of Russian aggression against Ukraine and to compensate for all the damage caused by this war at the expense of Russian assets.
Every Russian missile against our cities, every Iranian drone used by terrorists is an argument why we need more weapons, the President stressed.
“Only weapons neutralize terrorists. And I am grateful to everyone in the world who is really fighting terror together with us. Who is speeding up the supply of necessary defense equipment to Ukraine and who is willing to increase sanctions pressure on the terrorist state. In particular, we are expanding our tank coalition – there is a corresponding decision of Canada, and I am grateful for it. We already have 12 countries in our tank coalition,” Zelensky said.
He noted that most of the Russian missiles and Shahed drones were shot down during the massive attack on January 26 thanks to the air defense systems provided to Ukraine and the professionalism of Ukrainian defenders. “These are at least hundreds of lives saved and dozens of infrastructure facilities preserved,” the President stressed.
At the same time, Zelensky added, it is difficult to provide 100% protection with air defense alone, especially when terrorists use ballistic missiles.
“This Russian terror requires asymmetrical responses. We need a new movement of our forces at the front. We need to ensure the defeat of the terrorists' ground forces. Whatever the Russian occupiers are planning, our preparation must be stronger. We talk about it with our partners,” he said.