Zelensky calls for better air defenses after Russian attacks kill 25

After a barrage of Russian missiles hit residential areas, resident Volodymyr Zelensky urged allies to provide Ukraine with better air defenses, including fighter jets.

“Air defense, a modern air force (without which effective air defense is impossible), artillery, and armored vehicles.” “Everything that is required to provide security to our cities and villages, both in the hinterland and on the front lines,” Zelensky said in a video statement released Friday night.

Zelensky calls for better air defenses after Russian attacks kill 25

He condemned the attack in the early hours of Friday in Uman, which killed at least 23 people, including four children.

A mother and her 3-year-old daughter were also slain in the Dnipropetrovsk district by Russian bombardment at night.

Officials reported that missiles struck ten residential buildings in the central Ukrainian city of Uman in the Cherkasy area. One apartment building was demolished. The attack injured eighteen persons, nine of whom were being treated in hospitals.

Weapons can stop Russian evil; our defenders are doing so.” And sanctions can stop it – worldwide sanctions must be strengthened,” Zelensky remarked earlier in the day on Twitter.

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The Ukrainian president has long advocated for much more weaponry, a tightening of international punitive measures against Russia, and improved oversight of the enforcement of existing export prohibitions.

Valerii Zaluzhnyi, the commander-in-chief of the Ukrainian army, stated on Friday that 23 missiles were fired against Ukraine during the night. Twenty-one of them were shot down, as were two drones.

Russia’s missile attacks on Ukrainian cities have increased the demand for air defense systems

According to the Ukrainian military, cruise missiles were also fired near Kyiv, with air defenses intercepting 11 of them.

Also, According to local authorities, shelling in the Russian-controlled eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk killed seven people and injured 19.

According to local police, a huge cab used to convey several persons caught fire and burned out completely as a result of the Ukrainian rocket fire.

Kyiv consistently denies its assaults on civilian targets. The information obtained from the conflict zone could not be independently verified.

In other news, Defense Minister Oleksii Resnikov indicated that preparations for Ukraine’s long-awaited spring attack are approaching completion.

“In general terms, we are already ready to a high percentage,” Resnikov stated during a news conference in Moscow.

According to Resnikov, only a few components are needed to launch the offensive. “The technology itself has been announced, prepared, and partly delivered,” the minister stated. However, the training of Ukrainian soldiers for some of the weapons systems has not yet been completed.

Zelensky also discussed his phone contact with Chinese President Xi Jinping this week, the first one-on-one conversation between the two since the Russian invasion 14 months ago.

He and Xi discussed Ukraine’s territorial integrity “including [the Russian-annexed Black Sea peninsula of] Crimea” and the UN Charter, Zelensky added at a press briefing.

Zelensky stated that he requested Xi, who has a close relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin, to exert influence in Moscow over the release of Ukrainian prisoners of war and the return of approximately 20,000 “abducted children.”

“I say it openly, only Ukraine is currently assisting Ukraine with the return of our children,” Zelensky said. The United Nations made efforts, but with limited success, he added, explaining why he had requested Xi for assistance.

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