Zelenskyy asks G7 leaders for urgent support for his troops

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenksyy has said his war-torn country needs a modern air defense system to deter Russian missiles. After the weekend which saw an upsurge in Russian attacks across Ukraine, Zelenskyy said in his late night speech that he had called for “strong” air defense while decrying Moscow’s attacks in Kyiv, in the Mykolaiv region, in the Chernihiv region, in Odessa and Cherkassy. He noted that the mortar fire “did not stop in the Kharkiv region.

After the Russian attacks on Kyiv that killed a 37-year-old man and injured at least six people, Zelenlsy said “the world’s second army triumphantly ‘defeated’ a kindergarten and an apartment building”.

“Missiles also hit Mykolaiv region, Chernihiv region, Odessa, Cherkasy. Artillery and mortar fire did not stop in the Kharkiv region, in the Sumy region, in the Donbass, in the south of our state,” he said in his evening speech while adding that Russia had fired 62 missiles at Ukraine in 24 hours.

Zelenskyy said: “Part of the missiles were shot down. But only a part. We need powerful air defense – modern, fully effective. Which can ensure complete protection against these missiles… And the partners must act faster if they are really partners, not observers.

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