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Ukraine Liveblog Day 240
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Ukrainska Pravda reports (translated by The Interpreter):

Poland has offered to sell Ukraine military hardware, equipment, and winter outfits for servicemen, and is awaiting a response to its propsals.

This was stated by a retired Polish general, the former deputy defence minister Waldemar Skrzypczak, in comments to UNIAN during the Baltic Business Forum.

"The Ukrainians now know everything that we can offer. Everything now depends on when Ukraine will make the next step, namely when they ask when specific equipment can be delivered," said Skrzypczak.

The retired Polish general said that Polish arms manufacturers supply the Ukrainians with small arms, ammunition, body armour, helmets, drones, thermal imaging gear and other equipment.

"There is just one condition - the Ukrainians must make the decision on what they want, because if they don't, then they will once again be sitting in the trenches in slippers and t-shirts," said the general.

The deputy manager of Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa holdings, which combines all companies in the defence industry, Michał Switalski, declined to comment on whether the Ukrainian side had approached his Polish partners on the subject of arms procurement.

In other comments at the forum reported by UNIAN, Skrzypczak said that he thinks that Russia may attempt to "punch a corridor" through to Crimea during the winter.

The retired general believes that such a move would lead to the deaths of thousands of Russian soldiers, and that Putin be forced to change tack due to international pressure, but the war-weariness brought on by increasing casualties could make the Kremlin wary of letting the conflict stretch into a second year for fear of political unrest.

"I fear that the Ukrainian army will not be able to fend off Russia alone."