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Ukraine-NATO Council to hold emergency meeting due to massive Russian shelling

Ukraine-NATO Council to hold emergency meeting due to massive Russian shelling Photo: Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, Dmytro Kuleba (Vitalii Nosach, RBC-Ukraine)

In response to the massive Russian strikes on Ukrainian cities, an emergency meeting of the Ukraine-NATO Council will be held. During this session, discussions will focus on enhancing the capabilities of the Ukrainian air defense forces, according to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dmytro Kuleba.

The head of the foreign affairs department noted that NATO has supported Ukraine's request for an emergency meeting of the Ukraine-NATO Council "in response to Russia's massive missile and drone strikes."

"One of the key topics will be the strengthening of Ukraine's air defense," the official stated.

Kuleba added that this serves as an "important signal" of Euro-Atlantic unity amid the escalation of Russian terror.

Ukraine-NATO Council

The Ukraine-NATO Council serves as a forum for consultations between Ukraine and member countries of the North Atlantic Alliance at various levels. Key topics of discussion in these meetings include security issues, particularly Russia's war against Ukraine.

Massive Russian strikes on Ukraine

On January 2nd, Russian occupiers launched 35 kamikaze drones over Ukraine during the night, all of which were successfully intercepted. Subsequently, invaders launched 99 missiles of various types, including aeroballistic Kinzhals, in the morning. The Chief Commander of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Valerii Zaluzhnyi, reported that on January 2nd, air defense forces shot down 72 missiles, including all 10 Kinzhals.

Earlier, on December 29th, Russian terrorists carried out a massive attack on Ukraine, using approximately 160 missiles of various types, excluding Kalibrs. Ukrainian air defense forces successfully intercepted 114 enemy aerial targets during that incident.

NATO responded to the missile and drone terror from Russian occupiers, strongly condemning the attacks on peaceful cities and civilian objects in Ukraine. In their statement, NATO member countries pledged to continue strengthening the air defense capabilities of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.