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Slovakia’s President Čaputová calls on allies to send Ukraine more air defense systems

President of Slovakia Zuzana Čaputová during a meeting with President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy in Kyiv, in May 2023. Photo: Presidential Office of Ukraine

After a series of missile attacks launched by Russian forces on Ukrainian cities before and after New Year’s Day, President of Slovakia Zuzana Čaputová said Kyiv needs to receive more air defense systems to protect its skies and end the war in 2024.

“Another New Year, another atrocity. Russia has fired a record number of missiles and drones at Ukraine’s cities and towns to terrorize peaceful civilians.

The best way to ensure Moscow’s aggression does not continue into another year is to provide Ukraine with the means needed to defend itself,” the president wrote on X.

On 2 January, Russia targeted Ukraine with various types of missiles. Ukraine’s air defense intercepted 72 out of 99 enemy missiles, including 10 Kinzhal “hypersonic” ballistic missiles.

Meanwhile, Defense Minister Bjørn Arild Gram announced Norway would send two F-16 fighter jets to help train Ukrainian pilots in Denmark.

Norway to send F-16 jets, instructors to assist training Ukrainian pilots in Denmark

According to Ukraine’s Air Forces, the F-16 is expected to boost Ukraine’s air force in the war against Russia and become Ukraine’s main combat aircraft.

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