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​Which Regions of Ukraine Lack Air Defenses, the President Reveals

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A Ukrianian mobile fire group of air defense searching for a Shahed-136 to shoot down / Photo credit: Ukrinform
A Ukrianian mobile fire group of air defense searching for a Shahed-136 to shoot down / Photo credit: Ukrinform

Ukraine is working on bolstering its defenses from russian aerial attacks but still relies on support from foreign partners

Despite the 99% effectiveness in repelling the largest-scale drone attack overnight November 25th, Ukraine is far from reaching satisfactory levels of protection against russian loitering munitions and missiles.

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyi asserted this during the Grain from Ukraine international summit in Kyiv and pointed out the operational directions under the biggest threat.

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Russian started to use black-colored Shahed-136 drones which are harder to see in the night sky
Russian started to use black-colored Shahed-136 drones which are harder to see in the night sky / Open source illustrative image

While the capital city of Kyiv has always been one of the priority targets for russians, there are also a few regions that have "real problems with air defense." First of all, the regions bordering russia: Sumy and Chernihiv in the north; in addition, the President mentions the Kherson, Dnipropetrovsk, Cherkasy, and Zaporizhzhia regions in the south.

Regions that need additional air defenses, according to Ukriainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyi
Regions that need additional air defenses, according to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyi / Map credit: Google Maps, added graphics by Defense Express

All of the mentioned are endangered not only by kamikaze drones, such as Shahed-136, but as well by frontline artillery and missiles launched by S-300/S-400 systems in the manner of an ersatz ballistic weapon.

On a separate note, Zelenskyi drew attention to the difficult situation unfolding in the Donetsk region of eastern Ukraine, where russians launch continuous attacks in an attempt to encircle the industrial town of Avdiivka. Waves of "cannon fodder assaults" are supported by all means available, including aerial bombs.

Patriot air defense system in Ukraine
Patriot air defense system in Ukraine / Photo credit: Air Force Command of the Armed Forces of Ukraine

Nonetheless, the reinforcement of Ukraine's air defenses has seen progress, Zelenskyi said, and added that all international partners have been comprehensively informed of Ukraine's needs in air defense equipment.

Defense Express reminds that lately Ukrainian Air Force received the fourth IRIS-T SLM anti-aircraft fire unit, and one more Patriot anti-missile defense systems is expected to come from Germany this winter.

Apart from that, the Ukrainian President announced a significant boost to air defense in Odesa region which has been increasingly attacked by russian Shahed-136 drones over the past few months. There are already agreements with partners aimed to protect the country's largest port city.

IRIS-T on duty in Ukraine Air Force Command
IRIS-T on duty in Ukraine / Photo credit: Air Force Command of the Armed Forces of Ukraine
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