Ukraine gets more air defense capabilities from the West | War in Ukraine
< p class="styled__StyledLegend-sc-v64krj-0 cfqhYM">Downtown Kyiv still bears the marks of the most recent Russian bombings.
Ukraine claimed on Wednesday recaptured several localities from the Russians in the south of the country and welcomed the reaffirmed support of its Western allies, who promised to deliver anti-aircraft defenses “as soon as possible” after intensive Russian bombardments.
The NATO Secretary General, Jens Stoltenberg, assured that the provision of these systems capable of neutralizing Russian missiles in the Ukrainian sky is the priority.
The G7 and the IMF reaffirmed on Wednesday that they would support Ukraine for as long as necessary to deal with the economic consequences of the Russian invasion, which amount to billions of dollars.
The key issue is to cover our budget deficit and quickly rebuild the destroyed infrastructure, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said in his daily address, thanking the allied countries.
This promise comes as Ukraine has suffered massive salvoes of missiles, rockets and drones since Monday, targeting in particular its civilian energy infrastructure. Russian President Vladimir Putin presented the strikes as retaliation for the explosive attack that damaged the Crimean bridge on Saturday and which he blames on kyiv.
Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov has already hailed a new era of air defense with the arrival of the Iris-T system from Germany and the upcoming delivery from an American NASAMS.
French President Emmanuel Macron also promised anti-aircraft radars, systems and missiles in the evening, without specifying when they would be delivered. He repeated that France was working with Denmark to send six CAESAR guns, in addition to the 18 already delivered.
For its part, the United Kingdom announced on Thursday that it would provide Ukraine with additional air defense missiles, including ammunition capable of shooting down cruise missiles.
The AMRAAM missiles, which will be supplied in the coming weeks to kyiv for use by the NASAMS air defense system promised by the United States, are the first given by London to be able to shoot down cruise missiles, underlines the British Ministry of Defense. Defense in a press release.
On Tuesday, in a virtual meeting with the G7, Mr. Zelensky had called for help to create an air shield, warning that Mr. Putin still had the means for an escalation.
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At the same time, the 27 members of the European Union agreed to the organization of a military mission to train Ukrainian forces in several member states. Some 15,000 soldiers should be affected initially, according to two diplomats.
For its part, the Kremlin said on Wednesday that it expects Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to make a concrete offer to Vladimir Putin to mediate the conflict when they meet Thursday in Kazakhstan.
The Turks offer their mediation. If [Russian-Ukrainian] contacts were to take place, they would be on Turkish territory, Kremlin diplomatic adviser Yuri Ushakov told the press.
Worried about a possible nuclear accident, the head of the IAEA, Rafael Grossi, is back in kyiv, in agreement with Mr. Zelensky, he tweeted, after his meeting with Vladimir Putin in the context of its efforts to establish a protection zone around the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant.
L Russian Ambassador to the United Nations, Vassily Nebenzia, addressed delegates ahead of the General Assembly vote.
Meanwhile, the UN General Assembly overwhelmingly condemned Moscow's illegal annexations of Ukrainian territory. China and India abstained.
Russia announced in the morning the arrest of eight people suspected of participation in the attack on the Crimean bridge and claimed to have thwarted two attacks fomented by Ukrainian special services on Russian territory.
Vladimir Putin had promised a harsh response to any attack targeting Russia and what it considers to be its territory, while Moscow proclaimed the annexation of Crimea in 2014, then four other Ukrainian regions in September .
kyiv has neither confirmed nor denied its involvement in the explosion at the bridge that connects Russian territory to Crimea, but Ukraine has always stressed that it intended to reconquer this peninsula and all the territories occupied by Russia.
On the southern front, in the Kherson region, one of the four which Moscow has claimed for annexation, five new localities have been reconquered, the Ukrainian presidency said on Wednesday, which would constitute a new setback for the Russian army, which has been retreating in this area, as in the northeast and east, since the beginning of September.
She noted, however, that Russian artillery was putting up resistance to deter the counter-offensive along the line of contact.
The Russian Ministry of Defense has as assured him that he had repelled the Ukrainians in the small pocket of the Kharkiv region still under Moscow's control, in the north of the Kherson region and in the eastern regions of Donetsk and Lugansk.
Ukraine said a Russian strike on a market on Wednesday morning in Avdiivka, near the eastern frontline, left at least seven people dead.
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The US president strongly denounced the new Russian attacks against civilian targets (archives).
US President Joe Biden noted on Tuesday that his Russian counterpart had obviously misjudged the situation in Ukraine and made a serious miscalculation about the resistance he would encounter.
He also considered it irresponsible that Mr. Putin could threaten to use a tactical nuclear weapon to defend what he considers to be his conquests while saying he believed that Moscow would not use such a weapon. bomb.
In the east, Ukrainian authorities announced the discovery of two mass graves in towns in the Donetsk region recently recaptured from Russian troops.
< p class="e-p">In Lyman, a railway junction taken over in early October, a forensic team dressed in protective gear exhumed dozens of bodies, an AFP journalist noted.
On the energy front of the conflict, President Putin has said the ball is in the EU's court for the launch of Russian gas deliveries through the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, unaffected by explosions of which Russians and Westerners mutually accuse each other.