Ukraine needs ‘fire parity’ with Russia to defend Luhansk region, top general says

Ukraine needs “fire parity” with Russia to stabilize the difficult situation in the country’s eastern region, Luhansk, Ukraine’s top general said during a phone call to his US counterpart on Friday.

“We discussed the operational situation and the flow of international technical assistance,” General Valeriy Zaluzhniy of Ukraine wrote on the Telegram app after a phone call with US Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Mark Milley.

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Ukraine has said Russia’s artillery advantage on the Donbas front lines is taking a significant toll on Ukrainian forces, and has called on its Western partners to provide more weapons to minimize the shortage.

The United States will provide an additional $450 million in security assistance to Ukraine, including more long-range missile systems, US officials said Thursday.

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