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Ukraine lacks missiles to prevent Russian strike on power station, highlights vulnerability.

Ukraine President Zelenskiy Voices Concern Over Lack of Air Defense Missiles

President Zelenskiy Highlights Air Defense Missile Shortage

Last week, President Volodymyr Zelenskiy of Ukraine revealed that the absence of air defense missiles hindered their ability to counter a Russian missile attack that obliterated the largest power plant near Kyiv. He emphasized the critical need for adequate air defenses as Russia intensifies its strikes on Ukraine’s energy infrastructure.

Ukraine’s Struggle with Missile Shortages

During an interview with PBS, Zelenskiy disclosed that out of the 11 missiles launched, only seven could be intercepted, leaving the remaining four to devastate the Trypilska power plant due to a lack of defensive missiles. He warned of the country’s dwindling missile supply, urging for urgent reinforcements to protect vital assets.

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Impact of the Power Plant Destruction

The destruction of the Trypilska thermal power plant on 11 March dealt a severe blow to Ukraine’s energy security. With a capacity of 1,800 megawatts, the plant was a crucial source of power for Kyiv. Although alternative measures have been implemented, residents are urged to conserve energy amidst the ongoing crisis.

Russian Offensive on Ukraine’s Energy System

Russia has escalated its offensive against Ukraine’s grid system through a series of missile and drone strikes, resulting in significant damage to key power generation facilities. The recent attacks have led to a loss of approximately 7 gigawatts of capacity, exacerbating Ukraine’s energy crisis.

International Response and Assistance

Despite Ukraine’s urgent appeals for additional air defense systems, Western allies have been reluctant to provide substantial support. Germany’s commitment to deliver a Patriot system offers a glimmer of hope amidst the mounting challenges faced by Ukraine in defending its territory.

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Ukrainian servicemen stand next to an AN/TWQ-1 Avenger mobile air defense missile system during their combat shift, amid Russia's attack on Ukraine, outside of Kyiv, Ukraine June 16, 2023. REUTERS/Anna Voitenko/File Photo

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