Zelensky was confident that his air defense will be the “most powerful in Europe”
The president of Ukraine Volodimir Zelensky celebrated this Friday the air defense capabilitieswhich improved considerably this year after the Russian invasion, and anticipated that it will continue to grow and improve next year.
In that sense, in his habitual daily night speech he said: “This year we not only maintained our air defenses but also we strengthened them more than ever. But in the new year, Ukrainian air defense will be even stronger, even more effective”.
He commented, in turn, that he will work until he becomes a “the most powerful in Europe” in order to serve as a “security guarantee” not only for Ukraine but also “for the entire continent”.
Ukraine has received large assists from USA and the NATO to strengthen his troops and, thus, be able to face the army of Vladimir Putin. Since the beginning of the offensive, on February 24, the Administration of Joe Biden has already destined $21.3 billion in military aid and, according to the Secretary of State Anthony Blinkenthe country will continue its assistance until Moscow admits the failure of the invasion.
In fact, this latest shipment to Ukraine, approved on December 21 while Zelensky was visiting Washington, by $1.85 billion includes for the first time the much requested patriot missiles. These constitute the most advanced anti-aircraft battery system provided by the West. As Blinken mentioned, “they are capable of shooting down cruise missiles, short-range ballistic missiles, and aircraft at higher altitudes than previously provided defense systems.”
While, Vladimir Putin He belittled this shipment and assured that “of course we will destroy them, one hundred percent.” “The Patriot system is quite old. It doesn’t work like our S-300 system. Those who oppose us say it is a defensive weapon. Alright, we’ll keep that in mind. There will always be an antidote so the people who are doing that are doing it to no avail. It only serves to prolong the conflict.”
Ukraine, however, has shown that the Kremlin’s claims are wrong after shoot down, every day, multiple kamikaze drones and cruise missiles which are used to bombard cities.
Regarding the advance of the Russian offensive, Zelensky commented in his speech that “the main thing” is in the regions of Donetsk, luhansk Y Donbas“where the fiercest battles take place”.
As to Bakhmut, solder Y kreminnathe president assured that the majority of the Ukrainian soldiers there maintain their positions, although there are also areas of the front where they advance “slowly”.
The most recent tactic adopted by the Russian troops consists of bombing massively and constantly cities throughout Ukraine, with a special focus on the civil buildings and the key infrastructuresuch as power plants. In this way, it weakens the population, depriving it of basic resources, and manages to compensate for its enormous losses on the battlefield.
These attacks have left and continue to leave thousands of people without electricity every day, in the midst of a cruel winter, which even reaches maternity hospitals and maternity hospitals.
However, Zelensky promised that in 2023 he will launch a “clear strategy” that ensures the supply and generation of electrical energy.
“It takes time to implement it. It takes a lot of effort. But will be. It is one of the most important tasks for the coming year and I have no doubt that we will make it”, he confided.
Finally, the president concluded one of his last messages of the year by thanking the work of all the soldiers and citizens who fight for Ukraine.
(With information from EFE)