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Zelenskyy thanked the defenders of Ukrainian skies

May 17, 2023

The President of Ukraine thanked the Ukrainian defenders of our skies and international partners who helped Ukraine with appropriate defense systems.


According to Ukrinform, he said this in an evening video address.

"First of all, I want to thank all the defenders of our skies. Thank you, heroes! Eighteen out of eighteen missiles were shot down. That is why we are constantly working on visits that will bring more opportunities, more Patriot, IRIS-T, Crotale, Hawk, NASAMS systems. Again and again, I thank all our partners in the world who have helped our country with the appropriate sky defense systems!" Zelenskyy said.

He recalled the agreement in the UK with Prime Minister Rishi Sunak "that we will work on a coalition of fighters - training, aircraft, results."

"Yesterday, this was supported by Mr. President Macron of France, and today it was supported by Mr. Prime Minister Mark Rutte of the Netherlands. A good start for the coalition! Thank you all!" Zelensky added.

At the same time, he noted that "we must also remember the efforts that such weapons cost Ukraine, how much time, energy, arguments, meetings and information work allowed us to build such an air defense system."

"This is a tremendous job... And I thank each and every person involved in it! At all levels. Day after day, month after month, our team has been working to ensure that we have protection in the sky. We used to hear that Patriot was supposedly unrealistic. And now here it is, Patriot. And this is not all we will provide for Ukraine! Together with Ukraine's partners, we will make the defense against terror as strong as possible," the Head of State emphasized.

Author - Serhii Kolomiets, 17/05/2023

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