Zelensky criticizes the slow delivery of weapons from the allies

Volodymyr Zelensky / Photo EPA-EFE/Piotr Nowak

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has again emphasized his country's urgent need for air defense weapons. Ukraine urgently needs more air defense systems and Western fighter jets, Zelensky said last night in a daily video address.

"The free world, unfortunately, lacks speed on these two issues," he said, adding that because of its air superiority, Russia is able to destroy Ukrainian cities and defensive positions with cruise bombs.

According to Zelensky, the Russians actively used destructive tactics on the front lines near Kharkiv and in the eastern Ukrainian region of Donetsk in the direction of Chasiv Yar and Pokrovsko.

Zelensky has already requested the delivery of two additional "Patriot" air defense systems several times in recent days. He said it would provide better protection for Kharkiv, which was constantly attacked from the air. That city in the northeast of Ukraine is one of the hardest hit by the war.

The fighter planes mentioned by Zelensky were promised to Ukraine a year ago. But according to official information, the F-16s have not yet arrived. Experts estimate that mainly the long time of delivery of weapons from the West allows Russia to prepare for new weapons.

In the Russian attacks on the northeastern Ukrainian city of Kharkiv during the night, at least seven people were injured, the governor of the region said. Other Ukrainian regions were also hit by Russian drones overnight, including Odessa, Mykolaiv and Dnipropetrovsk.

Almost two weeks ago, Moscow intensified its air and ground campaign in the Kharkiv region, which borders Russia. Russian forces have since captured several Ukrainian border villages. According to observers, the offensive has slowed down in recent days, but has not stopped.

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