Zelensky seeks more arms, denounces Russia's Baltic border 'provocations'

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Friday urged his Nordic allies to supply his struggling military with more weapons, and denounced Russian border "provocations" in the Baltic region.

Zelensky has been touring European capitals in recent days to appeal for more military aid for the Ukrainian army, which has been ceding ground to relentless Russian attacks in recent weeks.

"Our top priorities are to ensure more air defense systems for Ukraine, joint defense industry projects, and weapons for our warriors, as well as global efforts to force Russia to make peace," he said in a statement posted on social media as he arrived in Stockholm on an unannounced visit to attend a Ukraine-Northern Europe summit.

His trip came as Ukrainian forces are struggling to hold back Russian attacks across the sprawling front line, after Moscow this month launched a fresh ground offensive in the eastern Kharkiv region.

Zelensky was to hold talks Friday with leaders from Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Iceland and Norway.

At a press conference with Swedish Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson, he signed a bilateral security agreement, and was to do the same with Norway's and Iceland's leaders later in the day.

Zelensky also denounced recent Russian hybrid warfare attacks on Baltic countries.

"It is also evident that Russia is preparing for provocations in the Baltic region against borders," he said.

"Only together we can stop the madness from Moscow."

His remarks came a week after Estonia said Russian border guards had removed buoys from the Narva River marking the border.

A Russian draft resolution published last week also indicated Moscow plans to unilaterally change its Baltic Sea maritime border with Finland and...

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