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Ukraine receives US air defense system


President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said in an interview broadcast on Sunday that Ukraine had received sophisticated air defense systems from the United States.

It was the first recognition that Ukraine had received the National Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile System (NASAMS), long sought after by Kyiv and approved for shipment by Washington late last month.

“We absolutely need the United States to show leadership and give Ukraine the air defense systems. I want to thank President (Joe) Biden for a positive decision that has already been made,” Zelenskyy said. , according to an English transcript of the interview.

“But believe me, it’s not even enough to cover civilian infrastructure, schools, hospitals, universities, homes of Ukrainians.”

Zelenskyy also thanked the United States for HIMARS and other multiple rocket launch systems allowing Ukraine to advance against Russian occupation forces.

Ukraine has staged counter-offensives this month to liberate large swaths of territory in the northeast Kharkiv region from occupation. He also made progress in the south.

Russia describes its seven-month incursion into Ukraine as a “special military operation” and denies that it is targeting civilian sites.


(Reporting by Ron Popeski; Editing by Lisa Shumaker)

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