Ukraine hails new air defenses, warns power situation ‘tense’

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A Norwegian anti-aircraft artillery battalion’s advanced surface-to-air missile system. (Photo: Flickr)

KYIV — Ukraine announced Monday it had received more air defense systems from Western military allies, as officials in Kyiv said the situation with supplies was “tense” after protracted Russian attacks on energy facilities.اضافة اعلان

Attacks by Moscow’s forces, including with Iranian-made drones over the past month, have destroyed around 40 percent of Ukraine’s power stations and the government has urged Ukrainians to maximize electricity savings.

Kyiv has been rocked by barrages of Russian attacks on the first day of each week for nearly a month but air raid sirens were quiet on Monday with residents out as normal.

In a grey and foggy Kyiv —  conditions that military observers say make attacks with missiles and low altitude drones more difficult — residents were unfazed by the threat of fresh strikes Monday.

“To be honest, it’s not only Mondays, it’s been eight months that we know this can happen every day and we adapted. I’m not going to change my routine for that. I’m coming to work ... just like every other day,” 21-year-old Kyiv resident Alyona Plekh told AFP.

Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov announced Monday that Ukraine had received national advanced surface-to-air missile system and Italian Aspide air defenses, adding to weapons supplied by Germany.

“We will continue to shoot down the enemy targets attacking us. Thank you to our partners — Norway, Spain, and the US,” Reznikov said.

Weeks of Russian attacks have caused sweeping blackouts and restrictions on energy use across Ukraine, and authorities in the capital have asked residents and businesses to reduce consumption.

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