Ukraine has made progress on the issue of air defense and is preparing agreements that will strengthen its defensive capabilities and provide more operational capabilities. This was stated by President Volodymyr Zelensky in a video message on December 14.
«We are preparing agreements that will strengthen our defensive capabilities and give Ukraine more operational capabilities. (…) Held a meeting of the Headquarters today. They spoke, in particular, about the protection of the sky. We are constantly strengthening our anti-aircraft and anti-drone defenses. And we are doing everything to get more modern and more powerful systems for Ukraine. This week we have made important progress on the issue of air defense & # 187;, & # 8212; said the Ukrainian leader.
Zelensky added that the Headquarters discussed in detail the situation in the Donbass and other active areas on the front line.
«There is no peace on the front line. There is nothing easy and simple. Every day and every meter is extremely difficult. And especially where the whole tactic of the occupiers comes down to destroying everything in front of them with artillery, so that only bare ruins and craters in the ground remain,” the president said.
He also clarified what he said about this in an appeal to the European Parliament. Zelensky stressed that «Russia is destroying city after city in the Donbass, like Mariupol, like Volnovakha, like Bakhmut».
«Defending in such conditions is not just heroism, it is something more. And I thank all our soldiers who withstand the pressure of the invaders. I would like now to note the fighters of the 46th separate airmobile brigade, who very skillfully and very bravely defeated the enemy during the next attack and forced him to retreat. Well done! I would also like to note the fighters of the 80th and 95th separate air assault brigades, who are fighting in the Kremensk direction – and very effectively. Thank you warriors!» — emphasized the president.
He also thanked the 96th anti-aircraft missile brigade of the Air Force, which protects the sky of the Kyiv region. Zelensky recalled that on the morning of December 14, 13 «Shahed-136» drones were shot down in the Kyiv region.
«These are 13 saved infrastructure facilities, these are saved lives. In one morning», — he added.