Providing Kiev with weapons helps protect Europe from the totalitarian Russian regime, the Polish government said.
Poland has provided Kiev with $1.6 billion worth of weapons to defend Ukrainian, Polish and European sovereignty despite Russia's ongoing offensive in Ukraine, spokesman Piotr Muller said on Saturday.
Muller wrote on Twitter about the announcement made by the country's prime minister Mateusz Morawiecki earlier on Saturday.
Poland has provided Ukraine with weapons worth around 7 billion PLN Polish zloty This is over 1.7 billion dollars to defend Ukrainian, Polish and European sovereignty! Muller said something.
The statement of the government seems to be reiterating Morawiecki's idea that the Ukrainians are defending their neighbors and the whole of Europe in fighting the totalitarian Russian regime.
They are fighting for us, for Europe, for freedom, for peace in Europe, and everyone should be aware of this all the time, Morawiecki said at a press conference in Warsaw.
As Ukraine can't fight Russian forces without a huge amount of weapons, including heavy equipment, Morawiecki said Poland is trying to help it with all of this. His remarks reflect the position of Ukrainian officials, who say that by fighting Russian forces Ukraine is defending itself but also bolstering the security of Europe and NATO and therefore needs weapons, weapons and weapons. The Polish leader made a statement as Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said Kiev finally started to receive the weapons it requested from its partners.
Just a few days ago, Zelensky s advisor Mikhail Podolyak had criticized the European Union for sending Kiev the wrong weapons and complained that aid deliveries had been too slow.
Russia has warned NATO against sending arms to Ukraine and said it would consider arms convoys to be legitimate targets. It also says that pumping up Ukraine with weapons will only lead to more casualties.
Russia attacked the neighboring state in late February, after Ukraine failed to implement the terms of the Minsk agreements, first signed in 2014, and Moscow s eventual recognition of the Donbass republics of Donetsk and Lugansk.
The German and French protocols were designed to give the breakaway regions special status within the Ukrainian state.
The Kremlin has since demanded that Ukraine officially declare itself a neutral country that will never join the US-led NATO military bloc. Kiev insists the Russian offensive was unprovoked and has denied that it plans to retake the two republics by force.