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Zelenskyy named regions facing 'hardships with air defense'

Zelenskyy named regions facing 'hardships with air defense' President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy (photo: Vitalii Nosach, RBC-Ukraine)

The most difficult situation with air defense is in the regions of Ukraine bordering Russia and Belarus. This also applies to the frontline and occupied regions, stated Zelenskyy at a press conference following the Grain from Ukraine International Summit.

"It is clear that Kyiv lacks air defense capabilities. But there are cities where there are real problems with air defense. It's very difficult for cities where various weapons are used that can reach far. So we're not just talking about missiles, drones, ballistics. We are talking about S-300, artillery, and so on. That is, the border areas with Russia, Belarus, or areas that are partially temporarily occupied - Zaporizhzhia, Kherson, Dnipro. The Donetsk direction is very difficult to protect," the Ukrainian president said.

In addition, according to Zelenskyy, "there are hardships with air defense" in Sumy, Chernihiv and Cherkasy regions.

Zelenskyy emphasized that Ukraine had passed on information about the air defense deficit to specific partner countries. These are countries that have the relevant systems in service or have production facilities.

Air defense for Ukraine

Since the beginning of Russia's full-scale invasion, Ukraine has significantly strengthened its air defense. The latest systems and air defense systems have been adopted. In particular, Patriot, IRIS-T, SAMP-T, etc. They were provided to Ukraine by its partners.

Ukraine has also created mobile fire groups to repel Russian drone attacks.

At the last meeting of the Contact Group on Ukraine's Defense in the Ramstein format, Pentagon Chief Lloyd Austin said that partners had created an air defense coalition for Ukraine. It is known that Germany and France have already joined it.