According to a report in the New York Times, Ukraine is rethinking its strategy after losing 20% of its weapons early in its counteroffensive.
The New York Times reported that about 20% of Ukraine’s weapons and vehicles sent to the frontlines were damaged or destroyed in the first weeks of the counteroffensive.
This forced Ukraine to reassess its strategy and slow down a bit in the following weeks, resulting in fewer casualties.
When President Volodymyr Zelenskyy welcomed South Korea’s president to Kyiv on Saturday, he stressed the importance of foreign aid, saying Ukrainian officials had held talks with about 20 countries in the first two weeks of July.
“Right now, the pace of ending the war directly depends on global support for Ukraine, and we are doing everything to ensure that such support is as intense and meaningful as possible,” he said.
Seoul, the world’s ninth-largest arms exporter, has a longstanding policy of not supplying lethal weapons to active conflict zones.
But its leader Yoon Suk-yeol has pledged to increase his country’s humanitarian and non-lethal military aid to Ukraine, including helmets and bulletproof vests.
Aid to Ukraine is expected to be discussed at the G20 summit in India in September.
New Delhi, which is neutral in the conflict between Ukraine and Russia, says the forum is a platform for financial discussions, not security-related discussions, and that it is “not designed” to broker peace between the warring parties.