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Rustem Umjerow during a press conference in Davos

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Ukraine has accused its Western allies of delaying promised weapons half the time.

"50 percent of what was promised will not arrive on time," Defense Minister Rustem Umyerov told journalists in Kiev.

This affects the situation on the battlefield.

"We are losing people and material," Umjerov added.

In recent months, Ukraine has also found itself on the defensive and under severe pressure when defending its territory due to a lack of ammunition and equipment.

The Russian military has recently gained ground on several sectors of the front.

According to Umyerov, Kiev's defensive battle is further hampered by the lack of air superiority.

Ukrainian pilots are currently undergoing training on Western F-16 fighter jets, which are scheduled to arrive in Ukraine in the first half of the year.

According to the minister, Russian warfare is also characterized by an unprecedented use of missiles.

"Since the beginning of the war, the Russian Federation has fired over 8,000 rockets into Ukraine," emphasized Umjerov.

In addition, the enemy uses a huge number of combat drones.

"This is the first drone war," he said.

He estimated the length of the front line with intensive fighting at 1,200 kilometers.

Annalena Baerbock has meanwhile announced that Germany is increasing humanitarian aid to Ukraine by a further 100 million euros.

This brings German humanitarian aid to Kiev to one billion euros, said the Foreign Minister during her visit to the city of Mykolaiv in southern Ukraine.

The money would be used to help people in the attacked country rebuild their water supply, hospitals and homes.

Russia has been waging a bloody war of aggression against Ukraine that violates international law for two years.