Last war: Ukraine claims fresh gains as it welcomes Western air defense donations

Ukraine said it had reclaimed more territory from Russia in the south, as the country welcomed a Western pledge to deliver anti-missile systems to Kyiv “as quickly as possible” after days of intense Russian missile strikes.

Britain said last night it would supply Ukraine with air defense missiles to defend itself against Russian attacks and for the first time provide missiles capable of shooting down cruise missiles. Britain said it would also send hundreds of drones to support Ukraine’s intelligence services, as well as 18 artillery howitzers, on top of the 64 already delivered.

A US-led group of about 50 countries held talks at NATO headquarters in Brussels and pledged to supply new air defenses to Ukraine.

Volodymyr Zelensky, who has described Russian missile attacks as an act of terrorism and pressed the West for an “air shield”, welcomed the promise of anti-missile systems.

“The bolder and more brutal Russian terror becomes, the more obvious it is to the world that helping Ukraine protect its skies is one of the most important humanitarian tasks for Europe today,” the Ukrainian president said in his daily video address to the nation.

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