Biden Pledges Air Defence Systems for Ukraine Following Missiles Attack Ahead Of G7 Meeting

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A Facebook post from Ukraine’s General Staff of the Armed Forces indicates that on Monday, Russia fired 84 cruise missiles at Ukrainian targets.  In the wake of Russia’s devastating attacks on Ukrainian cities, Ukraine would likely ask G7 leaders for more security support.

In Summary

  • US President Joe Biden has said that the US will give Ukraine high-tech air defense systems.
  • At least 14 people were killed in Monday’s attacks, which Kyiv says were in response to a Russian incursion into its airspace.
  • On Tuesday, Zelenskyy is expected to ask G7 leaders for more military help during a virtual meeting.
  • Analysts think he will request more surface-to-air missiles to help Ukraine defend its air.
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SEPTEMBER 21: Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky speaks to world leaders via a video link as they attend the 77th United Nations (UN) General Assembly [Spencer Platt/Getty Images]

The US Commits to Provide Ukraine with advanced surface-to-air missile systems.

After Russia fired missiles at several Ukrainian cities, including the capital Kyiv, US President Joe Biden told his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelenskyy that the US would give Ukraine more advanced air systems.

During a phone call with Zelenskyy before an emergency meeting of the Group of Seven, Biden promised to talk about how to help Ukraine and hold Russia “accountable” for the attacks, which killed at least 14 people.

A White House statement about the phone call stated “, “President Biden promised to keep giving Ukraine the support it needs to defend itself, such as advanced air defense systems.”

These systems are said to be capable of destroying drones, missiles, and helicopters.

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Protestors demanding weapons for Ukraine outside Prague Castle displays an effigy of Russian President Vladimir Putin sitting on a golden toilet during the second day of the European Summit in Prague, Czech Republic, on October 7, 2022. [Joe Klamar /AFP/Getty Images]

Putin Blames Kerch Blast On Ukraine

Biden also told Zelenskyy that the US and its allies and partners would keep putting pressure on Russia. According to the White House, this would include “holding Russia accountable for its war crimes and atrocities” and giving Ukraine security, economic, and humanitarian aid.

Russia’s Defense Ministry said that Monday’s attacks were aimed at “military command and communication facilities as well as energy infrastructure,” but Ukraine said that Russia was randomly bombing civilian areas.

Authorities in Ukraine say that Russia fired 84 missiles at ten cities, but air defenses stopped 56 of them.

The Russian attacks came after an explosion on Saturday damaged parts of the strategically important Kerch bridge, which connects Russia to Crimea, which Russia has taken over. The explosion was blamed on Ukraine by Russian President Vladimir Putin.

“Russia is trying to overwhelm Ukraine’s air defenses,” said Justin Crump, CEO of security consulting firm Sibylline, in an interview with the BBC. “They have done it before, but never on this scale.”

Since February 24, when Russia invaded Ukraine, the US has given more than $16.8 billion in security aid.

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US envoy to Kyiv Bridget A. Brink inspects areas at Taras Shevchenko Park and Taras Shevchenko Boulevard, which were the target of Russian missile attacks, on Monday, October 10, 2022 in Kyiv, Ukraine. [Metin Aktas/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images]

Zelenskyy Set to ask G7 Leaders for Additional Support.

Zelenskyy is scheduled to talk to G7 leaders at the start of Tuesday’s virtual meeting, which starts at 12:00 GMT. Analysts think he will request more surface-to-air missiles to help Ukraine defend its air.

The G7 leaders will meet on Tuesday for the first time since Kyiv launched a counter-offensive in eastern and southern Ukraine a few weeks ago, taking back huge chunks of territory from Russia.

According to a statement from her office, UK Prime Minister Liz Truss, who took over for Boris Johnson less than a month ago, will ask G7 leaders to keep supporting Ukraine. Johnson was one of the most famous people who helped Kyiv.

“The huge amount of international support for Ukraine’s fight stands in stark contrast to Russia’s isolation on the world stage,” she will say.

“The Ukrainian people are known all over the world for their bravery in the face of the most horrible acts of violence.”

“Nobody wants peace more than Ukraine.” And we, for one, must remain steadfast in our desire to help them win.”

Later this week, NATO members were scheduled to meet in Brussels. The Ukraine Defense Contact Group, which was formed in April and is made up of nearly 50 countries, is also expected to meet this week.

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