STANISLAV POHORILOV – THURSDAY, 13 OCTOBER 2022, 16:21
President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said in his speech to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) that Ukraine has only 10% of the total air defence systems it needs.
Source: Zelensky's speech at the PACE session
Quote from Zelenskyy: "There is nothing to add here. We have 10% of what we need [in terms of air defence systems – ed.], to be honest."
Details: Zelenskyy pointed out that Ukraine is standing against Russia, which is superior in terms of both military equipment and the number of missiles that the occupiers are firing.
"And here we want to have the capability to close the sky. And our capabilities are not enough," the president emphasised.
He recalled the latest decisions on the provision of air defence systems by Western countries, but he would like this support to be "many times greater". "We expect strong actions from France and Italy as well, if they could help us," Zelenskyy said.
- On 12 October, Andrii Yermak, the head of the Office of the President of Ukraine, called the latest Ramstein-format meeting "historic", hinting that there is a solution for strengthening Ukraine's air defence.
- On the morning of 12 October, Ukraine’s Defence Minister confirmed receipt of the first IRIS-T system from Germany and four more HIMARS systems from the United States.