Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Wednesday, shortly after Germany and the United States promised to supply Ukraine with battle tanks, also asked Western countries for long-range missiles and fighter jets. Meanwhile, Russian forces launched new attacks in Ukraine.
“We need to expand cooperation in the field of artillery and start supplying long-range missiles,” emphasized Zelenski and at the same time called for the delivery of combat aircraft. “This is a dream and this is our job,” he continued.
At the same time, he thanked the German Chancellor To Olaf Scholz and the American president to Joe Biden for the announced shipment of leopard and abrams battle tanks. “I am grateful to our allies for their willingness to provide us with modern and much-needed tanks. The way we all work together to strengthen freedom, defend Ukraine and Europe is a historic achievement,” he said.
At the same time, he called on the West to send tanks quickly and in sufficient quantities. “Speed and quantity are of the essence now. The more defensive support our frontline heroes receive from the world, the faster Russian aggression will end,” he added.
Kyiv, together with several Western countries, has long urged Germany to issue permission for the supply of Leopard tanks, which several European countries are ready to send to Ukraine. Germany has been reluctant to do so, but on Wednesday, after several months of hesitation, it nevertheless relented.
She pledged to deliver 14 leopards to Ukraine. Poland, Finland, Spain and Norway also announced the supply of leopards. On Wednesday, the United States also announced the delivery of 31 M1 Abrams battle tanks, stressing that their delivery is for the protection of Ukrainian territory, and not a threat to Russia.
New Russian attacks
Russian forces fired more than 30 missiles and drones at targets across Ukraine in the early hours of the morning, the Ukrainian military said. At least 15 Russian missiles and all 24 drones are said to have been shot down by the Ukrainian air defense.
Spokesman of the Ukrainian army Jurij Ignat told local media that several Russian Tu-95 bombers launched missile attacks from the northern Murmansk region.
“The enemy launched more than 15 maneuvering missiles in the direction of Kiev. Thanks to the excellent work of the air defense, all of them were shot down,” said the head of the Kyiv military administration Sergej Popko.
Mayor of Kyiv Vitaliy Klitschko however, he said that one person was killed and two others were wounded in the attack in Kiev. He urged residents to stay in shelters.
The Ukrainian Air Force announced that it also shot down a bunch of Iranian-made drones. “Attack drones were launched from the eastern coast of the Sea of Azov. According to preliminary information, the enemy used 24 Shahed drones. All 24 were destroyed,” Ukrainian forces added.
Meanwhile, the authorities in the southern Ukrainian region of Odesa announced that Russian missiles hit two energy infrastructure facilities, reports the French news agency AFP.
Since mid-October, Russia has carried out a number of large-scale missile attacks, mainly on Ukrainian energy infrastructure facilities. Due to the widespread destruction of infrastructure, there were power outages in many places, affecting millions of people.