NATO is supporting Ukraine’s request for an extraordinary NATO-Ukraine Council meeting in response to Russian massive missile and drone attacks.

“One of the key topics will be strengthening Ukraine’s air defense. An important sign of Euro-Atlantic unity in the face of Russian terror escalation,” Ukrainian Foreign Affairs Minister Dmytro wrote on X.


On Jan.2, Five people were reported killed and 130 injured in Russia’s mass aerial bombardment of Ukraine that was largely repelled using Patriot, IRIS-T, and other air defense systems provided by allies.

That said, had more Russian missiles managed to hit Ukrainian cities rather than being shot down by Ukrainian air defense, the result could have been "catastrophic," Ukraine's Commander-in-Chief Valery Zaluzhny said.


While Russia has regularly fired missiles and drones at military and civilian targets since the beginning of its full-scale invasion of Ukraine in February 2022, over the holidays it conducted its biggest bombings yet.

As Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said in a video address on Tuesday, Russia has used almost 300 missiles and more than 200 drones against Ukraine since Dec. 29.


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