Ukraine’s FM to attend G7 ministerial meeting to secure delivery of western air defenses - Foreign Ministry

Dmytro Kuleba
Dmytro Kuleba

Ukraine’s Foreign Minister, Dmytro Kuleba, is to attend a G7 ministerial meeting in Italy from April 17 to 19 and participate in a special session focused on strengthening international support for Kyiv, the Foreign Ministry reported on April 17.

He is also scheduled to hold bilateral talks with his British, Italian, Canadian, German, French, Japanese, EU, and US counterparts, as well as with the NATO Secretary General.

Discussions will focus on the urgent provision of additional Western air defense systems, including Patriot batteries, to protect Ukraine from terrorizing Russian attacks. Other issues to be addressed include countering cooperation between Russia and North Korea and the use of frozen Russian assets to assist Ukraine.

On April 13, Berlin announced immediate transfer of Patriot system to Ukraine in addition to air defense systems that have already been delivered.

Patriot air defense systems for Ukraine

The first Patriot air defense system was put on combat duty in Ukraine in April 2023.

On April 19, Patriot systems from the United States, the Netherlands, and Germany arrived in Ukraine.

In December, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said that Ukraine’s air defenses would be bolstered by several new Patriot systems this winter.

On Dec. 14, Germany announced that it had handed over a new military aid package to Ukraine, which included a second Patriot system.

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Forbes reported that Russian troops may have destroyed two launchers of the American Patriot air defense system in Ukraine for the first time on March 9. According to journalist Yuriy Butusov, nine Ukrainian soldiers were killed as a result of this attack.

On April 3, Kuleba said that partners did not want to give Ukraine “five to seven” Patriots to down ballistic missiles, although they have more than 100 of them.

On April 6, Zelenskyy said that 25 Patriot systems or their equivalents were needed to fully protect Ukraine’s airspace from Russian attacks.

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