Air defence in Ukraine: Selensky thanks Germany for third Patriot system

Air defence in Ukraine: Selensky thanks Germany for third Patriot system
Air defence in Ukraine: Selensky thanks Germany for third Patriot system

The Ukrainian president has long been calling for more air defence systems. Now he thanks Germany for strengthening them. However, more are needed to ensure reliable protection of at least the major cities.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky thanked Germany for delivering the third Patriot anti-aircraft system. “This is great news,” Zelensky said in his evening video message. He also thanked the USA for further steps to strengthen Ukraine’s air defense. He did not give details, but said that the country’s partners were fulfilling the agreements. “Ukraine has already proven that there are no Russian missiles that we cannot shoot down,” Zelensky said. The country is doing everything it can to end Russian terror.

He also met with missile manufacturers who were working to counter Russian aggression with something on par. “This is a matter of global stability and security, so that everyone in the Kremlin knows that they will not get away with it,” he continued.

In April last year, Ukraine received the first modern US-made Patriot air defense system for its defense against Russia. The Ukrainian air defense system claims to have already intercepted Russian hypersonic missiles and ballistic missiles. Kiev is said to currently have four systems in total. Romania, among others, has promised more.

President Zelensky originally mentioned at least seven such systems for reliable protection of large cities that are regularly attacked with missiles, such as Kharkiv, Dnipro, Zaporizhia and Odessa. He regularly urges Ukraine’s allies for further support in air defense. Russia has repeatedly carried out air strikes on its neighboring country in its war of aggression that has been going on for more than two years. The missile and drone attacks have caused severe destruction to energy infrastructure, for example, and have repeatedly resulted in deaths and injuries.

Source: Stern

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