Ukraine lacks enough means to counteract ballistic missiles, air force says
The fire department in Dnipro suffered significant damage as a result of the attack by the Russian Federation (Photo:ДСНС/Telegram)
Ukraine currently lacks enough air defense systems to counter Russian ballistic missile attacks, Yuriy Ihnat, a spokesperson for the Air Force of Ukraine, said on Ukrainian national television on May 22.
“Unfortunately, we don’t have enough means to counter ballistic (missiles) today,” he said.
“We have Patriot (missile defense) systems on combat duty. But it’s clear this is not enough to cover all the directions we need, all big cities and all important critical infrastructure facilities.”
Ihnat noted the enemy had targeted military and critical infrastructure facilities during a missile strike on the city of Dnipro overnight on May 22.
He said Ukraine needs anti-ballistic means like those that have proved themselves in Kyiv Oblast, where six Kinzhal missiles and up to 10 ballistic missiles were destroyed by the Patriot missile defense system during a recent massive Russian missile attack.
Ihnat added that the Ukrainian Air Force is also waiting to take delivery of an Italian-French-made SAMP-T air defense missile system, which “may soon be on combat duty in Ukraine.”
“Our Ukraine is large, and we need more of these means,” Ihnat said.
“And we’re definitely expecting F-16 fighter jets — it’s No. 1 issue today.”
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