President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky said this in his video address, Ukrinform reports.
“Only in the first half of today, our defense forces managed to shoot down six Russian cruise missiles and five Shaheds. Unfortunately, not all of those launched by terrorists,” he said.
The President said that dozens of people were injured in Russian missile attack on Dnipro on Thursday.
In Zaporizhzhia, the works on clearing the rubble from the site of a residential building destroyed by Russian shelling is ongoing. Seven people were killed. Unfortunately, this number may increase, Zelensky said.
“We repeat to our partners again and again that only full protection of the Ukrainian sky will protect both Ukraine and Europe from many possible escalations of Russian aggression and will definitely encourage Russia to truly end the war. Not to the kind of propaganda that now sounds from the Kremlin about the alleged readiness for negotiations in order to buy some time and gather forces for a new offensive, but to real peace,” he said.
Zelensky also thanked Finland and Sweden for the decisions on new defense support packages for Ukraine.
“This is very important. Each such decision of the states makes them co-creators of our victory and future peace,” the President said.
Russia has been carrying out massive missile attacks on Ukraine, primarily on energy infrastructure facilities.
Photo credit: President’s Office
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