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Zelenskyy on strike on Kharkiv: Still possible due to shortage of air defense systems

Zelenskyy on strike on Kharkiv: Still possible due to shortage of air defense systems Photo: Volodymyr Zelenskyy, President of Ukraine (
Author: Daryna Vialko

Russian troops can still strike Kharkiv and the Kharkiv region because the Ukrainian Defense Forces still do not have enough air defense systems and are limited in strikes on Russian territory, according to President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

According to Zelenskyy, there have been numerous reactions in Ukraine and around the world to the Russian strikes on Kharkiv, Liubotyn, and Derhachi, resulting in casualties. However, it is important to discuss openly why these strikes are still possible.

"It is only because Ukraine still has restrictions in its defense. This is a shortage of air defense systems that are actually available in the world. This is the lack of long-range capabilities for our warriors and the complete inability to destroy the very source of Russian terror near our borders, including the missile launchers that actually hit Ukraine and the lives of our people,” he emphasized.

Ukrainians must have all the necessary tools to defeat terrorists, the President believes, and therefore more determination is needed from the world's leaders.

"And I thank every leader who perceives this the same way as Ukrainians do, every state that genuinely supports our fight against terror. But we need more efforts, more determination – the determination of the world's leaders – to make Russian terror finally lose,” the Head of State said.

Russian strikes on Kharkiv and the region

Today, the Russian army launched 15 missiles at once at Kharkiv and Liubotyn. The shelling killed 7 people and injured 21 others.

Among the targets of the enemy's attack was the large printing house Factor-Druk, which houses Vivat publishing house.

Following the shelling, Minister of Foreign Affairs Dmytro Kuleba criticized allies for the delay in strengthening Ukrainian air defense. As the minister emphasized, words of support cannot shoot down Russian missiles, and seven Patriot systems are not too high a price for peace in Europe.