President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine made a shock go to to NATO headquarters on Wednesday, as prime protection officers representing members of the navy alliance gathered to think about what number of extra weapons — and for a way for much longer — the West may give Ukraine in its conflict in opposition to Russia.
Mr. Zelensky’s look on the assembly was a stark reminder of the 19-month-old battle on NATO’s doorstep at the same time as a lot of the West has turned its consideration to the conflict between Israel and Hamas militants in Gaza. That conflict broke out this previous weekend and, if it drags out, threatens to divert assets from Ukraine.
However that’s not anticipated to occur within the close to future, officers and consultants mentioned, since Israel and Ukraine are utilizing totally different sorts of air defenses to guard their respective territories. And two of NATO’s largest members, Britain and Germany, introduced massive packages of extra navy help to Ukraine hours earlier than the 2 days of conferences started on Wednesday.
For Mr. Zelensky, who has condemned Hamas for its shock assault on Israel, the go to was yet one more push to hunt extra superior weaponry from Ukraine’s allies. The USA alone has given Ukraine billions in navy support.