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Zelenskyy calls for long-range weapons in EU summit address

He addressed the EU leaders by video link.

Zelenskyy calls for long-range weapons in EU summit address
Photo: Ukrainian presidential office

Volodymyr Zelenskyy has renewed his call for more long-range weapons from western allies, as he addressed EU leaders meeting in Brussels, The Guardian has reported.

The Ukrainian president was speaking to the EU summit via video link, from a moving train in an undisclosed location in Ukraine, where he recounted news from the frontline.

On Wednesday, Zelenskyy visited frontline military positions near the besieged city of Bakhmut, where he met Ukrainian serviceman. Earlier today he was in Kherson Region.

His account of the "devastating" scenes he had witnessed was said to be emotional and to have had a big impact on the 27 EU leaders and top officials in Brussels listening to him. On one occasion the secure line cut out, but was soon reconnected.

According to an EU source, he warned European leaders of five factors that could prolong the war, including delays in the delivery of long-range missiles, lack of modern aircraft and weaknesses in western sanctions.

EU leaders are now discussing the Russian invasion, where they are expected to endorse a decision to supply a million rounds of ammunition to Ukraine within the next 12 months to replenish its dwindling stocks.

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