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Ukraine war

Zelenskyy: West needs more courage in helping Ukraine fight

President praises defenders of Mariupol

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy is interviewed by certain Russian media outlets via video link in Kyiv on March 27. (Ukrainian Presidential Press Service/Handout)   © Reuters

LVIV, Ukraine (AP) -- Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy accused the West of cowardice as his country fights to stave off Russia's invading troops, making an exasperated plea for fighter jets and tanks to sustain a defense as the war ground into a battle of attrition.

Speaking after U.S. President Joe Biden said in a lacerating speech that Russian President Vladimir Putin could not stay in power -- words the White House immediately sought to downplay -- Zelenskyy lashed out Sunday at the West's "pingpong about who and how should hand over jets" and other weapons while Russian missile attacks kill and trap civilians.

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