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Ukraine works to obtain additional IRIS-T system from Germany - Zelenskyy

Ukraine works to obtain additional IRIS-T system from Germany - Zelenskyy President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy (photo: Getty Images)

Ukraine continues to look for additional air defense systems around the world. In particular, work is underway to obtain an additional IRIS-T system from Germany, states Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

Zelenskyy reminded that today there is a "very good result of international work," namely, Germany will provide Ukraine with an additional Patriot. He agreed on this today with Chancellor Olaf Scholz.

"We are also working with Germany on an additional IRIS-T system, which is also a strong air defense system, and on missiles for our existing air defense systems. Germany's leadership is really felt, and thanks to this leadership, we will be able to save thousands of lives and give Ukraine more protection from Russian terror," the President said.

The Head of State added that Ukraine does not stop and continues to work with partners who can also help. In particular, these are Lithuania, the Czech Republic, Romania, Poland, Hungary, Switzerland, Latvia, the Netherlands, Greece, Portugal and Ireland.

"We will do everything for results in the coming weeks. In every conversation, at every meeting, air defense and the frontline are the main topics. We are doing everything we can to provide more opportunities for our Defense Forces and the defense industry," he summarized.

Air Defense Systems for Ukraine

Since the beginning of the full-scale Russian invasion, Ukraine has been working to strengthen its air defense system. However, the need for air defense has become even more acute after the resumption of Russian attacks on energy facilities.

Germany promised to help Ukraine with the search for air defense. As Berlin stated, the German government will review its stockpile and look for systems that could be sent to Ukraine. Today, Germany announced the transfer of an additional Patriot system to Ukraine.

However, Zelenskyy previously stated that 25 Patriot systems are needed to completely block Ukraine's skies from Russian drones and missiles.

According to Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba, Ukraine has already found 100 free Patriot systems in the world, but first wants to get 7 of them.

Ukraine's priority is not only Patriot, but also Samp-T systems, which are also capable of shooting down ballistic missiles. As of today, Ukraine is negotiating to receive two Patriot batteries and one Samp-T battery.