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Jul 19, 2022

Ukraine’s defense minister: With the right weapons, ‘Russia can definitely be defeated’

By Dan Peleschuk

Oleksii Reznikov laid out what the West can do to help Ukraine win back its territory from Russia.

Conflict Defense Technologies

Moscow continues its full-scale war of aggression against Ukraine. However, the nature of the war has changed for the third time. In the east, Russia, using its dramatic advantages in artillery, tanks, and manpower, continues the offensive. But its pace has slowed down. A war conducted along Russian-controlled fortified front lines continues in the south, while the Ukrainian army counterattacks. Under these conditions, the Kremlin switched to tactics of direct terror by shelling peaceful cities with missiles, which has led to heavy casualties, threatened the use of nuclear weapons, and choked the global food supply.

What can the West do to help Ukraine defend itself from Russia’s terror campaign and continue to take back its territory on the frontlines?

H.E. Oleksii Reznikov, minister of defense of Ukraine, joined Ambassador John Herbst, senior director of the Atlantic Council’s Eurasia Center, for a discussion on the shifting nature of the war.

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Oleksii Reznikov

Minister of Defense of Ukraine

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The Eurasia Center’s mission is to enhance transatlantic cooperation in promoting stability, democratic values and prosperity in Eurasia, from Eastern Europe and Turkey in the West to the Caucasus, Russia and Central Asia in the East.