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Zelenskiy says Ukraine making progress with Patriot, IRIS-T defences

In his recent nightly video address on Sunday, President Volodymyr Zelenskiy highlighted Ukraine's notable progress, attributing it to the effectiveness of U.S. Patriot and German IRIS-T defense systems.

Reuters WORLD
Published August 06,2023
Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskiy holds a press conference during a NATO leaders summit in Vilnius, Lithuania July 12, 2023. (REUTERS File Photo)

Ukraine is seeing "significant results" thanks to U.S. Patriot and German IRIS-T defence systems, despite dozens of attacks by Russia over the past week, President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said in his nightly video address on Sunday.

Zelenskiy said he had received a report on the use of advanced air defence systems received from partners, noting the Raytheon-built Patriot and Germany's IRIS-T systems.

"These are powerful systems, highly effective," he said. "They have already yielded significant results, and not only for Ukraine."

He said this was because whenever Russian missiles were destroyed, "it reassures the world that a terrorist state is unable to break our collective security."

Zelenskiy said Ukraine had shot down "a significant part" of Russia's attacks over the past week, including 65 missiles of various kinds, and 178 assault drones, including 87 Shaheds.