Ukraine has received the first Iris-T defence system from Germany, Ukrainian Defence Minister Oleksiy Reznikov has said.
“IRIS-Ts from (Germany) are already here. (American) NASAMS are coming. This is only the beginning. And we need more,” Reznikov tweeted late on Tuesday. “There is a moral imperative to protect the sky over (Ukraine) in order to save our people.”
Germany had promised delivery of the first Iris-T missile shield “in the coming days” after Russia unleashed deadly attacks across Ukraine on Monday, killing at least 19 people and wounding more than 100, according to Ukrainian authorities.
The Ukrainian defence ministry said Monday that Russia had fired 83 missiles at Ukraine, of which its air defences shot down 52, among which were 43 cruise missiles.
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Germany says air defence shield to reach Ukraine ‘in days’
Berlin (AFP) Oct 10, 2022
Germany said Monday it was rushing long-promised air defence systems, capable of protecting an entire city, to Ukraine after Russia unleashed a barrage of missile strikes on the country.
Calling the latest attacks “despicable”, German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock wrote on Twitter that “we are doing everything to strengthen Ukraine’s air defences”.
Chancellor Olaf Scholz in June promised the highly modern Iris-T systems that he said were capable of shielding a large city from air raids. … read more