Ukraine seeks heavy weapons from U.S. at Kyiv talks - Zelenskiy

24/4/2022 10:35:00 AM

Zelenskiy said he thought Russia could use a nuclear weapon but did not want to believe that Moscow would.

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Zelenskiy said he thought Russia could use a nuclear weapon but did not want to believe that Moscow would.

KYIV (Reuters) - President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said Ukraine hoped to secure heavy weapons at talks with the U.S. secretaries of state and defence in Kyiv on Sunday, supplies that he said were vital for Ukraine to eventually retake Russian-occupied territory.

At one point in an emotional news conference, he said that he thought Russia could use a nuclear weapon, but that he did not want to believe that Moscow would.He said that it was absolutely vital for Ukraine to obtain more weapons."As soon as we have (more weapons), as soon as there are enough of them, believe me, we will immediately retake this or that territory, which is temporarily occupied," he told reporters.

He used his news conference held in Kyiv's metro system to announce the imminent arrival of U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin for talks on Sunday."Tomorrow we will discuss this exact list of weapons that are essential for us and the pace of deliveries," he said."We expect this. We would like to have ... powerful heavy weapons."

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At one point in an emotional news conference, he said that he thought Russia could use a nuclear weapon, but that he did not want to believe that Moscow would. He said that it was absolutely vital for Ukraine to obtain more weapons. But he said America's top diplomat, Secretary of State Antony Blinken, and US Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin, would visit Kyiv on Sunday and discuss the types of weapons Ukraine needs as Russia's invasion enters its third month. "As soon as we have (more weapons), as soon as there are enough of them, believe me, we will immediately retake this or that territory, which is temporarily occupied," he told reporters. He used his news conference held in Kyiv's metro system to announce the imminent arrival of U. The White House has not confirmed any travel plans for Blinken and Austin.S. That would cut off Ukraine's entire coastline and mean Russian forces pushing hundreds of miles west beyond current lines, past the major Ukrainian coastal cities of Mykolaiv and Odesa.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin for talks on Sunday. The attack on Mariupol, the biggest battle of the conflict, has raged for weeks. "Tomorrow we will discuss this exact list of weapons that are essential for us and the pace of deliveries," he said."We expect this. Moscow-backed separatists have held territory in the Donbas region for years. We would like to have .. The United Nations and Red Cross say the civilian toll is at least in the thousands. Ukraine and its Western allies call Russia's invasion an unjustified war of aggression.

. powerful heavy weapons. In the Black Sea port of Odesa, at least eight people were killed, Zelenskiy said." He fought back tears at one point saying that he shared the pain of every Ukrainian who had lost children in Russia's war and that Saturday's missile strikes had killed eight people in the city of Odesa, including a three-month-old child. He said that Saturday had been one of the most difficult days yet for Ukrainian forces encircled in Mariupol and that Kyiv had offered Moscow every possible kind of exchange deal to secure their release. The death toll could not be independently verified. Ukrainian forces are holed up at a steel works in the city of Mariupol. Its President Maia Sandu said on Twitter that on Friday Moldova had submitted its first questionnaire for EU membership as it sought"a better, safer and more prosperous future".

(Reporting by Natalia Zinets and Alessandra Prentice; writing by Tom Balmforth; Editing by Raissa Kasolowsky) Article type: metered . Air raid sirens were heard in Odesa and Mykolaiv, a city near the Black Sea, before dawn on Sunday, but there were no immediate reports of fresh attacks.