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West must get serious and act now: leaders on Russia’s missile strike

Politicians and ambassadors have underscored their solidarity with Ukraine in the wake of Russia’s major missile attack
Russian missile attack on Ukraine Kyiv
An apartment building destroyed in Russia’s missile attack on Kyiv, 2 January 2024. Photo: Ivan Kirdey

World leaders have stated that international support to Ukraine is critical following Russia’s massive missile strike on 2 January 2024.

At least four people were killed and 92 injured in the attack that targeted Ukraine’s largest cities, Kyiv and Kharkiv. President Zelenskyy thanked Ukraine’s partners for providing air defense systems after the attack, in which a record 10 Kinzhal aeroballistic missiles were intercepted with US-made Patriot air defense systems.

Writing on Twitter (X), Latvian president Edgars Rinkēvičs said that the New Year’s celebrations are over and that the West must get serious and act now.

Russia’s mass missile attack against Ukraine is a “crime against humanity, which will not go unpunished at the international tribunal,” said Estonia’s President Alar Karis:

Latvia’s Prime Minister Evika Siliņa reiterated that Latvia strongly condemns Russia’s attacks on Ukraine and its people. “The critical need for immediate military and financial support for  cannot be overstated,” she tweeted.

European Council President Charles Michel stressed that the attack on Ukraine is evidence that Russia does not want peace:

“Ukrainians do wonders with the air defense the West has provided, but they need more. Air defense systems to Ukraine NOW!” said Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda.

UK Ambassador to Ukraine Martin Harris stated that Russia’s missile strike only strengthens Ukrainians’ resolve to defend their land and freedom:

Minister of Foreign Affairs of Czech Republic Jan Lipavský reminded that Russia accuses others of genocide and is again bombing civilian targets in Ukraine. It wants the west to get tired and give up on Ukraine, but that’s never going to happen, he tweeted:

Secretary General of the Council of Europe Marija Pejčinović-Burić tweeted that Russia’s missile strikes against Ukraine are war crimes:

US Ambassador to Ukraine Bridget A. Brink stated that it’s urgent and critical that Ukraine’s partners support Ukraine now – to stop Putin in Ukraine:

Moldovan President Maia Sandu condemned the Russian missile attack on Ukraine, said that Moldova stands with Ukraine, and called for international support to Ukraine:

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