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Zelenskyy holds Staff meeting: Kharkiv protection and additional missile defense systems discussed

Zelenskyy holds Staff meeting: Kharkiv protection and additional missile defense systems discussed Photo: President Volodymyr Zelenskyy (Getty Images)
Author: Liliana Oleniak

Today, April 8, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy held another meeting of the Staff of the Supreme Commander-in-Chief. They discussed the protection of Kharkiv against Russian strikes and the possibility of strengthening air defense in Ukraine.

According to the President, he heard reports from the military on the physical protection of energy facilities and the effectiveness of shooting down drones and missiles.

"There will be separate tasks for our diplomats to work with partners for new air defense systems for Ukraine," Zelenskyy says.

The President also addressed the residents of Kharkiv and the region and thanked them for their active work on restoring infrastructure after the Russian strikes.

Zelenskyy heard a report from Commander-in-Chief of the Ukrainian Armed Forces Oleksandr Syrskyi on the situation in the main combat areas.

"We are holding our positions. The main thing now is effective logistics. Intelligence and special services are working on new steps to reduce Russia's war potential," the President emphasized.

The situation in Kharkiv

Recently, the Russians have intensified their attacks on Kharkiv, while launching an information campaign to intimidate the population with an alleged repeat offensive on the city. However, the Ukrainian military and political leadership assure us that there is no threat of a second Russian offensive on Kharkiv today. But Kharkiv is not protected from air strikes.

Recently, the Russians used guided aerial bombs against Kharkiv for the first time. Moreover, the Russians have changed their tactics of attacking the city, making it even more deadly. The Russian occupiers repeatedly attack the sites of the first attacks when rescuers arrive there.

On the night of April 7, one of the Russian UAVs hit a private house in Kharkiv, causing a fire. Three people were injured in the attack.

Several Russian attacks on Kharkiv took place during the day on April 7. At least four residents of the city were injured as a result of Russian strikes.