• 28/05/2024 19:35

Kuleba: Innocent people would not have died if Ukraine had sufficient air defense capabilities

The Foreign Minister called on the West to provide more air defense systems.

Kuleba: Innocent people would not have died if Ukraine had sufficient air defense capabilities

Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Dmitry Kuleba

Minister Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Dmitry Kuleba reacted to the missile attack on Chernigov, which killed at least 14 people and injured more than 60 people. The Foreign Minister called on Western partners to provide more air defense systems for Ukraine.

Dmitry Kuleba stated this on the X network (Twitter).

“These innocent people would not have died or been injured if Ukraine had sufficient air defense capabilities. Three days ago in the Middle East, we saw what reliable protection of human lives from missiles looks like,” the Foreign Minister said in a statement.

He adds that Ukraine’s partners have the necessary means to help save Ukrainian lives with such same level of efficiency as in the Middle East.

“We are grateful that Germany has already made the important decision to provide Ukraine with an additional Patriot battery. I encourage other partners to follow this example during my talks with G7 allies in Italy this week,” Kuleba added.

  • Ukraine is currently in active negotiations to obtain three air defense batteries: two Patriot and one SAMP/T. As Kuleba recently said, decisions on assistance to Ukrainians from the air defense will be made, but the question is that this happens as soon as possible. All Patriot batteries depend on the decision of the United States, since this is an American system.
  • Before this, the minister said that there are at least 100 Patriot batteries that could be transferred to Ukraine, and at least four countries could do so immediately. Currently, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is focused on obtaining seven systems. For this purpose, the department is even ready to negotiate the transfer of air defense for temporary use with a promise to return it at the request of the party that agrees to such a lease.

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