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Zelensky calls Russian supersonic missile downing ‘historic’

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky called the interception of all Russian missiles launched on Tuesday against Ukraine, including six Kinzhal supersonic missiles, a “historic result”, information denied by Moscow.

“We had been told that these missiles are guaranteed to die because they are impossible to shoot down”, underlined Zelensky who addressed the summit of heads of state and government of the Council of Europe (CoE), which began this Tuesday in Reykjavik, by videoconference.

Russia launched ballistic missiles, cruise missiles and ‘drones’ at the same time to stop the work of Ukrainian anti-aircraft defenses, explained Zelensky, ensuring that, despite this, these systems managed to “save all the lives” that were threatened.

The Ukrainian head of state thanked his country’s Armed Forces and allies that support Kiev with weapons and training of its soldiers.

“A year ago we were unable to shoot down most terrorist missiles, especially ballistic ones. And I ask, if we can do this now, is there anything we can’t do if we are united and determined to save lives?

However, Zelensky emphasized that “there is still a lot to be done” for the shooting down of 100% of the attacking missiles to become the norm, noting that the Ukrainian anti-aircraft defenses need to be further strengthened.

Moscow on Tuesday denied Kiev’s allegations about the actions of its air defenses.

“Russia has not dropped as many Kinzhals as [the Ukrainians] say they have,” said Russian Defense Minister Serguei Shoigu, quoted by the Ria Novosti news agency.

Shoigu noted that Kiev gave a number of interceptions three times higher than the reality.

The Kinzhal missile (“Dagger” in Russian) is one of the weapons identified as “invincible” by the Russian President, Vladimir Putin, since its speed allows it to overcome most air defense systems.

Ukraine had revealed the shooting down of a Russian missile for the first time in early May, thanks to the powerful American Patriot anti-aircraft system, delivered to Kiev in April.

During his speech before the CoE, Zelensky welcomed the creation of a register of damage caused by Russia, an initiative of this body that is expected to be endorsed by the leaders present at the summit.

For the official, this initiative is closer to establishing “a compensation mechanism that will show the world that it is not even worth thinking about aggression”.

Zelensky also assured that he is “one hundred percent sure” that the end result of international efforts will be the creation of an international court before which those responsible for the Russian invasion will be held accountable.

The military offensive launched on February 24, 2022 by Russia in Ukraine has so far caused the flight of more than 14.7 million people – 6.5 million internally displaced and more than 8.2 million to European countries -, according to with the latest data from the UN, which classifies this refugee crisis as the worst in Europe since the Second World War (1939-1945).

At least 18 million Ukrainians are in need of humanitarian aid and 9.3 million are in need of food aid and housing.

The Russian invasion — justified by the Russian President, Vladimir Putin, with the need to “denazify” and demilitarize Ukraine for Russia’s security — was condemned by the international community in general, which has responded by sending arms to Ukraine and imposing it on Russia. of political and economic sanctions.

The UN presented as confirmed since the beginning of the war, which today entered its 447th day, 8,836 civilians dead and 14,985 wounded, underlining that these numbers are far below the real ones.

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