Western nations like the United States and Germany have vowed to strengthen Ukraine’s air defense system after Russia hit its eastern neighbor with a massive and raging airstrike on Monday.
US President Joe Biden assured Ukraine President Volodomyr Zelenskiy that the US will equip it with advanced air systems against Russian attacks.
Additionally, German Defence Minister Christine Lambrecht also echoed Biden’s stand on delivering air-defense equipment to Ukraine.
“The renewed missile fire on Kyiv and the many other cities show how important it is to supply Ukraine with air defence systems quickly,” Lambrecht said. He said that Germany will deliver the first of four IRIS-T SLM air defense systems to Ukraine within days.
“Russia’s attacks with missiles and drones terrorize the civilian population in particular. That is why we are now providing support, especially with air defence weapons,” he added.
Biden and Zelenskiy talked on the phone when the former gave assurances of continued support and rejected the “senseless attacks” from Russia that hit civilian targets.
A White House statement on the call said, “President Biden pledged to continue providing Ukraine with the support needed to defend itself, including advanced air defense systems.”
Russian missiles landed on busy streets, parks, and other busy areas of the capital Kyiv. The airstrikes were widespread as it hit cities like Lviv, Ternopil and Zhytomy on the western side, Kremenchuk in central Ukraine, Zaporizhzhia in the south, and Kharkiv in the east.
The attacks were a retaliatory move by Russia after it claimed that Ukraine had destroyed part of the bridge to Crimea and called it “terrorism.”