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Strengthening Ukraine's air defense clears skies of Russian threats — Zelenskyy

25 December, 2023 Monday
17:05

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy of Ukraine has emphasized the significance of a robust air defense system in deterring Russian threats

In a statement on his official Telegram channel, President Zelenskyy highlighted that within a week, Russian terrorists lost five aircraft. He sees the current Christmas season as setting the tone for the upcoming year, expressing optimism about the nation's potential.

"Christmas Eve during the war. Our soldiers shot down not only almost 30 Shaheds and several missiles, but also two more Russian Su aircraft," Zelenskyy wrote.

Zelenskyy noted that the mood for the coming year revolves around opportunities, including negotiations with international partners and the chance to reinforce Ukraine's air defenses. He believes that a stronger air defense will result in fewer Russian aerial incursions into Ukrainian airspace and territory.

"This Christmas sets the right mood for the whole next year - the mood of our opportunities. Opportunities in negotiations with partners. Opportunities in strengthening our air shield. Opportunities to protect our home from Russian terrorists. The stronger our air defense is, the fewer Russian devils will be in our skies and on our land," the President emphasized.

The President extended gratitude to Ukrainian soldiers, commending their precision and strength in defending the country. He acknowledged the resilience of those facing enemy attacks, regardless of their location. Zelenskyy expressed appreciation for the dedication of emergency services and all individuals contributing to the defense efforts, conveying his thanks to everyone involved in protecting the nation.

"I thank each and every one of you who cares about the defense of our country on Christmas and on weekdays, who withstands enemy attacks and shows steadfastness no matter where they are: in the east and south or on the borders of our country, who are in combat and on the ground, who save and treat people. All our emergency services. Everyone who helps. Thank you all!" Zelenskyy added.

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