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Ever since the Russian troops invaded Ukraine on February 24th, western countries have slowly begun delivering various weaponry to the Ukraine troops in favor of ending the conflict, by the request of Ukraine. While not all requests were fulfilled in their entirety, the list of weapons is extensive and includes drones, Howitzer artillery systems, helicopters, small arms, personnel carriers, ammunition, and anti-tank missiles. Now however, Ukraine is inviting weapon making companies to test their weapons on the war grounds.
Ukraine’s defense minister had said that the country still acquires more firepower to push back Russian troops and declared that Ukraine will offer the battlefield as a testing ground for arms manufacturers, all this in an attempt to win the fight against Russia.
“Ukraine is now essentially a testing ground,” said Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov when asked what the country has learned from weapons delivered by the western countries. “Many weapons are now getting tested in the field in real conditions of battle against the Russian army, which has plenty of warning systems of its own.” He stated, citing electronic warfare, air defense systems, cruise missiles, and ballistic missiles.
“We are sharing all the information and experience with our partners,” Reznikov explained. “We are interested in testing modern systems in the fight against the enemy, and we are inviting arms manufacturers to test new products here.”
According to newsweek.com, for Ukraine to win this war, Reznikov said that Ukraine needs a broad range of fresh weapons systems. Air and rocket defense systems are needed to blunt Russia’s devastating missile strikes around the country, while more long-range artillery, aviation, tanks, and other vehicles are needed to press counter-offensives. More anti-ship missiles, the minister added, would help harass Russian warships in the Black Sea and re-open sea lanes to ship Ukrainian grain and other exports.