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Western allies vow to get air defence to Ukraine ‘as fast as can’

SpaceWar.com reports: “International backers of Ukraine vowed on Wednesday to deliver new air defences ‘as fast as we can’, as Kyiv pressed them to bolster protection against Russia’s missile blitz.

A US-led group of some 50 countries held talks at NATO headquarters in Brussels with the focus on air defences after Russian President Vladimir Putin unleashed a barrage across Ukraine following a blast at a bridge to the annexed Crimea peninsula.

Ukrainian Defence Minister Oleksiy Reznikov said just three words when asked what he hoped for from the meeting: ‘Air defence systems.’

Western allies have scrambled to work out how to supply more advanced systems to Ukraine as diplomats admit they have precious few to spare.

‘The systems will be provided, as fast as we can physically get them there,’ United States Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin said after the meeting, without giving details on any new pledges…”

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