Poroshenko: Ukraine loses over 60 percent of military hardware in Donbass fighting, combat preparedness restored

The loss of military hardware, over 60 percent of which were destroyed in the fighting in Donbas, has now been compensated for, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has said.

The loss of military hardware, over 60 percent of which were destroyed in the fighting in Donbass, has now been compensated for, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has said.

"I can tell you because we have dealt with the problem that 60-65 percent of hardware in units stationed on the frontline were destroyed and they had nothing to defend themselves with. They have now," Poroshenko said in an interview with Ukrainian television channels aired on Sunday night.

There are daily supplies of military hardware to restore the combat preparedness of units, the president said.

The Ukrainian Armed Forces have been provided with non-lethal weapons by their foreign partners, and Ukraine has sufficient quantities of lethal armaments, he noted.

"We were not supplied with machine guns because we have machine guns, tanks, rocket launchers, missiles, artillery and the rest which makes it possible to maintain such a long frontline," Poroshenko said.

"But we needed and we received everything we need - reconnaissance, radar, surveillance and other defensive systems which will improve the effectiveness of our weaponry dozens of times and modernize them," he said.

He said those systems were not only supplied by the United States.

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