Polish PM tells French TV West should be bolder in supporting Ukraine

"So in total we will give Ukrainians over 300 tanks," Morawiecki said. Marek Zakrzewski/PAP

The West should be bolder in its support for Ukraine by supplying it with more advanced weapons, Mateusz Morawiecki, the Polish prime minister, has told the French television LCI.

"Russia has a huge advantage over Ukraine, so helping Ukraine in defending its freedom is to defend European values," Morawiecki said in the television interview aired on Thursday.

The West should be "definitely bolder... and not afraid to supply Ukraine with anti-missile and anti-aircraft batteries to cover all its territory, not only its western regions," the Polish prime minister said.

"If a decision to supply them with combat aircraft is being discussed, Poland will vote 'for' but, of course, it can only be a decision made by the whole of Nato," Morawiecki said.

"We have supplied Ukraine with 250 tanks already," he went on to say. "Additionally, in the coming weeks, Poland will send 60 of its most advanced tanks... we'll also deliver 14 Leopards (German-made tanks - PAP)."

"So in total we will give Ukrainians over 300 tanks," Morawiecki added.

Germany and a few other countries have also committed to delivering Leopard tanks to Ukraine. The US has decided to send 31 Abrams tanks, and the UK has said it will hand over 14 Challenger 2 tanks.