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Ukraine's NATO representative reveals details of working group creation to strengthen air defense

Ukraine's NATO representative reveals details of working group creation to strengthen air defense Representative of Ukraine at NATO Natalia Galibarenko (Photo:
Author: Daria Shekina

Within the Ukraine-NATO Council, a working group has been established to address the strengthening of Ukrainian air defense. The first meeting of this group is scheduled for next week, announces the Head of the Ukrainian Mission to NATO, Natalia Galibarenko.

According to the representative of Ukraine at NATO, Natalia Galibarenko, a working group has been formed within the Ukraine-NATO Council to address matters related to strengthening Ukrainian air defense. Foreign companies specializing in air defense are expected to join this group later.

Next week, during the group's meeting, the Ukrainian side intends to present its proposals and hear suggestions from partners. Galibarenko emphasizes that at a certain stage, even companies with advanced technologies in this field will be involved in the work to avoid purely theoretical discussions.

She clarifies that, initially, the focus will be on Western defense companies engaged in the production of modern air defense systems.

The Ukraine-NATO Council meeting

Today, the Ukraine-NATO Council met to discuss Russia's extensive aerial attacks on Ukrainian cities, including the use of Iranian drones and North Korean missiles. NATO member countries pledged continued support for Ukraine, outlining plans to provide billions of euros in additional capabilities in 2024.

On December 29, Russian terrorists launched a massive attack on Ukraine, firing approximately 160 missiles of various types, excluding Kalibr. Ukrainian air defense forces successfully intercepted 114 enemy targets.

A few days later, on January 2, Russian occupiers released 35 kamikaze drones and 99 missiles, including aeroballistic Kinzhals. Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Valerii Zaluzhnyi, reported that Ukrainian air defense forces shot down 72 missiles, including all Kinzhals.

NATO responded decisively to the missile and drone terror by Russian occupiers, condemning the strikes on peaceful cities and civilian objects in Ukraine. The NATO statement emphasized that member countries would continue to strengthen Ukraine's air defense.

Additionally, on January 8, interveners attacked Ukraine with Shahed kamikaze drones and over 50 missiles of various types. Ukrainian air defense forces successfully destroyed 26 enemy targets.