Ukraine to arm a million people, defence minister says

Ukraine entering new phase of war, defence minister says.

In Summary

•Reznikov pledged to arm a million fighters using the new weapons and military equipment the US and other Western countries have been donating to the country over the last couple of weeks.

•The defence minister said that during the beginning of the war, "volunteers were extremely helpful" and it's thanks to their mobility that they "quickly resolved highly pressing issues".

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As we've been reporting, Ukraine's Defence Minister Oleksiy Reznikov has said the country is entering a new stage of the war.

Reznikov pledged to arm a million fighters using the new weapons and military equipment the US and other Western countries have been donating to the country over the last couple of weeks.

The defence minister said that during the beginning of the war, "volunteers were extremely helpful" and it's thanks to their mobility that they "quickly resolved highly pressing issues".

Reznikov said that to win, Ukraine "must plan resources carefully and avoid mistakes" and was investing in Ukrainian production facilities to "ensure the stability and frequency of deliveries".

In his statement on Facebook, he said that Ukraine had relied on charitable aid from citizens, volunteers, and civic organisations for a significant proportion of its military equipment.

He said that at the end of April, Ukraine's ministry of defence was relying on donations for 50% of the bulletproof vests used in combat.

But as of 13 May, Ukraine has managed to increase its production to provide 57% of the armed forces' bulletproof vests, he added.