Ukrainian air defenses, warplanes down over 1,000 enemy air targets since September

6 January, 06:12 PM
A trace of a rocket in the sky over Kyiv, December 29, 2022 (Photo:REUTERS/Anna Voitenko)

A trace of a rocket in the sky over Kyiv, December 29, 2022 (Photo:REUTERS/Anna Voitenko)

The Ukrainian Air Force has destroyed more than 1,000 targets, including cruise missiles and strike UAVs since Sept. 11, 2022, the Commander of the Air Force of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Lieutenant General Mykola Oleshchuk said during a briefing on Jan. 6.  

He said that since September, almost 500 Russian cruise missiles and over 540 Iranian attack drones have been destroyed.

Oleshchuk stressed that an important role in this had been played by air defense systems that Ukraine received from Western countries.

"Today, the NASAMS, IRIS-T, Crotale, Gepard and other anti-aircraft systems provided by our partners are effectively working for our victory," Oleshchuk said.

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He said that Ukraine is now waiting to receive the U.S. Patriot air defense systems.

"Yes, this amount is not enough, but these are the first steps to creating a reliable modern effective air defense system in the state," the general said.

Oleshchuk added that Ukraine’s Western partners could further influence the course of hostilities in favor of Ukraine by providing a multi-purpose aircraft with a wide range of weapons.

On Jan. 5, the German government confirmed that it would provide Ukraine with Marder infantry fighting vehicles and another Patriot air defense system.

The United States will also send Bradley infantry fighting vehicles to the Ukrainian Armed Forces.

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