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Ukraine gains more materiel from NATO states as invasion concerns heighten

15th February 2022 - 10:15 GMT | by Grzegorz Sobczak in Warsaw

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Polish RGP-40 multi-shot grenade launcher. (Photo: Zakłady Mechaniczne Tarnów)

NATO member states are ramping up materiel support for Ukraine in the shadow of a Russian invasion that looks more likely by the day.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on 11 February that a Russian invasion of Ukraine ‘could begin at any time’ — a remark echoed by National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan in numerous subsequent TV appearances.

CBS News reported on 14 February that the US believes Russia has in place 80% of the battalion tactical groups it needs to invade Ukraine and may do so by the end of the week. CBS quoted an unnamed official as saying that some long-range artillery and rocket launcher units have left their assembly areas have been moved into ‘attack positions’.

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