Ukraine intercepts 18 Russian-fired cruise missiles, demands modern air defense from US
The Ukrainian army claims to have intercepted 18 cruise missiles on Tuesday morning October 11, during two waves of attacks by the Russian army.
The attacks come a day after Russia launched more than 80 missiles at Ukrainian cities, including the capital Kyiv, killing more than 15 people at press time.
The Air Force Command of the Armed Forces of Ukraine said it “shot down” four missiles around 9 a.m. local time, and another 14 between 9:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. local time.
President Volodymyr Zelensky appeals to Ukraine’s allies for more air defense equipment.
“Air defense is currently the number one priority for our defense cooperation,” he said on Tuesday, after a call with US President Joe Biden.
Zelensky met with Ukraine’s defense minister, commander-in-chief of the armed forces and other government and military officials on Tuesday and said his country needs modern air defense systems.
“Those present…stressed the urgent need to provide the [Ukrainian] armed with modern air defense and missile defense systems,” his office said on Tuesday, October 11.
Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24 with plans to overthrow the government led by Zelenskyy, but its plans have so far failed, with Ukraine retaking territories in the south and east since September, prompting the leader Russian Vladimir Putin to carry out an illegal annexation and to threaten to use nuclear weapons. .