Zelenskiy: Ukraine wants to double air defence capabilities through the summer

July 8, 2024


President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said on Friday he wanted to double Ukraine’s air defence capacity over the summer after receiving the country’s third German-supplied Patriot system in response to pleas for equipment to guard against Russian air strikes.

Moscow renewed its aerial assaults on Ukraine’s national power grid in the spring, causing sweeping blackouts. Zelenskiy has said his country needs at least seven additional Patriot systems to protect itself.

“I set a task for our team to double our defence capabilities this summer, primarily Patriot and others,” Zelenskiy told regional leaders, referring also to U.S. Hawk and German Iris systems.

“And now we are starting to see results.”

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