New air defense systems are designed to protect Ukraine from Russian missiles. President Volodymyr Zelenskii speaks of imminent reconstruction. An overview.
Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksiy Resnikov thanked Wednesday evening for the arms deliveries from
USA and Germany and proclaimed “a new era of air defense” for his country.
After the heavy attacks earlier this week, Russia has once again launched widespread attacks on Ukraine. However, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskii promised his compatriots that the destroyed infrastructure would soon be rebuilt. Several substations in Lviv, in the western part of the country, were completely destroyed by bombing, which was apparently aimed specifically at energy infrastructure. Many residents have been cut off from electricity.
Despite the recent escalation in Moscow, according to reports from Kiev, another exchange of prisoners took place between the two countries. The head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Rafael Grossi, met with Russian President Vladimir Putin and once again called for a protective zone around the occupied Ukrainian nuclear power plant in Zaporizhia. Meanwhile, the G7 countries have pledged further support to Ukraine. Wednesday is the 231st day of the war.
Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksiy Resnikov thanked Twitter for arms deliveries from the United States and Germany on Wednesday evening. “A new era of air defense” has begun in Ukraine, Resnikov wrote. The Iris-T air defense system from Germany has already arrived. The Nasams rocket launchers are coming from the USA. “This is just the beginning. And we need more. There is no doubt that Russia is a terrorist state,” wrote the minister. He thanked Lambrecht for his “strong will” to support Ukraine. “We will win,” Reznikov tweeted.
Prior to a meeting of NATO defense ministers on Wednesday, Federal Defense Minister Christine Lambrecht (SPD) strongly condemned Russian missile attacks in Ukraine. “Putin is openly terrorizing the civilian population with missile attacks on Ukrainian cities. His contempt for the people obviously increases as his plans fail,” Lambrecht told media group Funke newspapers. “We must continue to support Ukraine relentlessly.”
The delivery of the air defense systems is therefore the right step. Lambrecht announced that the first of four state-of-the-art Iris-T SLM air defense systems would now be made available to Ukraine. According to a “Spiegel” report, the unit has already been delivered. According to the Ministry of Defense, three more units will be delivered next year.
The bombing on Tuesday only delayed the repair of previously damaged objects, Selenskyj said in his video speech Wednesday evening following the second wave of Russian attacks. “Where there have been victims, there is already our will to build. Where there were enemy hopes, there will be only ruins of Russian statehood.” Russia launched 28 rockets at her country on Tuesday, Zelenskyy said. Ukrainian air defense intercepted 20 of them. Almost all 15 drones were shot down.
According to US President Joe Biden, Kremlin head Putin misjudged his war of aggression against Ukraine. “I think he’s a rational actor who has significantly miscalculated,” Biden told US broadcaster CNN in an interview that aired Tuesday night (local time). Putin mistakenly thought that the Ukrainians would submit to a Russian invasion. “I think he thought he would be welcomed with open arms,” Biden said. “I think he has completely miscalculated.”
The seven major democratic economic powers strongly condemned the recent Russian missile attacks on Ukraine and pledged further military support to the Ukrainian armed forces. After a video conference with Zelenskyy, G7 leaders released a joint statement recalling that “indiscriminate attacks on innocent civilians were a war crime”. They threatened Russia with further sanctions against individuals and institutions inside and outside the country who supported the war of aggression politically or economically. The G7 has pledged further financial, humanitarian and military assistance to Ukraine.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has again threatened Russia with consequences if nuclear weapons are used in the war in Ukraine. “If Russia uses nuclear weapons, it will have various consequences, even if smaller nuclear weapons are used,” the Norwegian told news portal “ZDFheute.de”. He doesn’t want to go into too much detail. “The most important thing is to prevent this from happening.” According to Stoltenberg, the risk of Russia using nuclear weapons remains low. “But the escalation in Ukraine and the nuclear threat to Russia require us to take them seriously and be prepared.”
Defense ministers of NATO countries meet in Brussels for a two-day meeting. In addition to the war in Ukraine, the topic is also about efforts to expand the capabilities of the armaments industry. After the alleged acts of sabotage against the Nord Stream 1 and Nord Stream 2 gas pipelines, there should also be additional protection for critical infrastructure.
In New York, the UN General Assembly votes on Russia’s illegal annexation of Ukraine. The vote is also seen as a global mood test on Moscow’s war of aggression. A corresponding resolution to vote condemns the annexation of Russia and declares it invalid. In addition, the Kremlin is being asked to cancel the incorporation of the partially occupied regions of Luhansk, Donetsk, Zaporizhia and Cherson.
Putin is expected in Moscow for the Russian Energy Week.