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Nato member states have agreed to provide new kinds of superior weaponry to Ukraine as Kyiv prepares for a contemporary Russian offensive within the east.

The pledge adopted a plea from Ukraine’s overseas minister for western nations to maneuver sooner with provides or as an alternative see “many individuals die . . . as a result of this assist got here too late”.

Six weeks since Vladimir Putin ordered the invasion of Ukraine, Russia’s troops have largely withdrawn from territory north of Kyiv after failing to grab the capital. However they’re regrouping and rearming forward of an advance within the jap Donbas area, Ukrainian and western officers stated.

That has sparked calls for from Kyiv for extra heavy weapons, armour and extra superior techniques. Ukraine’s overseas minister Dmytro Kuleba stated he would use a Nato assembly in Brussels to request plane, missiles, armoured autos and heavy air defence techniques.

Liz Truss, UK overseas secretary, instructed reporters after the assembly that member states had backed giving “new and heavier tools to Ukraine, in order that they will reply to those new threats from Russia”.

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US secretary of state Antony Blinken listens to US president Joe Biden and Chinese president Xi Jinping’s virtual meeting in November
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