Ukraine welcomes arms offers, no word on Patriot missiles
Ukraine's foreign minister said Wednesday that NATO diplomats have given him a "number of new commitments" on arming his nation, but declined to say whether that included promises of badly wanted Patriot missile batteries.
Dmytro Kuleba spoke at a NATO foreign ministers' meeting in Bucharest, Romania. Equipping Ukraine with arms and equipment to rebuild its battered electricity grid to survive winter under Russian bombardment has been a top issue.
At the gathering, "we heard a number of commitments, new commitments, from various NATO members with regard to providing Ukraine with more defensive weapons and energy equipment," Kuleba told reporters.
Kuleba had declared Tuesday that Ukraine most needs Patriots and electrical transformers, to cope with what NATO says is a targeted Russian barrage of missile strikes aiming to cripple Ukraine's energy transmission grid as it moves into winter.