Polish weapons help Ukraine defend itself says PM

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Mateusz Morawiecki, the prime minister, has said Polish weapons are helping Ukraine defend its sovereignty.

Poland has been an energetic supplier of weapons to Ukraine since the start of the war, providing missile systems, heavy guns and tanks.

"The weapons manufactured in Poland, like, for instance, the Piorun (Thunderbolt) air defence system, which I have seen here, Krab howitzers and any other heavy equipment, like Polish guns, today help defend Ukraine's sovereignty," Morawiecki said at the International Defence Industry Exhibition in the central town of Kielce on Thursday.

"The time of peace and security in Europe ended on February 24 after Russia had attacked Ukraine," the prime minister said.

Having admitted that Poland should be proud of its defence industry, Morawiecki said that Poland must also cooperate with other suppliers and allies to provide more weapons for the Polish Armed Forces.

"The US, Great Britain, South Korea and France are our partners in various projects designed to better equip the Polish Army," Morawiecki said.

According to the prime minister, Poland's cooperation with the US and South Korea "elevates the level of armaments of the Polish Army to a completely different level, which will make it possible for us to more effectively hit an enemy."

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