Following recent Russian mass attacks across Ukraine, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg convened a special session of the NATO-Ukraine Council with allies agreeing to provide “billions of euros” to bolster the country’s air defenses.

Stoltenberg chaired the meeting of NATO ambassadors to discuss the strengthening of Ukraine's air defense systems and their associated munitions in Brussels on Jan. 10 at Kyiv’s request.

Lt. Gen. Mykola Oleshchuk, the Commander of the Ukrainian Air Force, and Deputy Interior Minister Oleksii Serhieiev attended and presented Ukraine’s position via videoconference.

Invitee Sweden also joined Wednesday’s meeting at the ambassadorial level.

What was agreed on at the meeting

“NATO strongly condemns Russian missile and drone attacks on Ukrainian civilians, including with weapons from North Korea and Iran,” Stoltenberg said. “For the second year in a row, Putin is trying to wear down Ukraine with mass strikes, but he will not succeed.

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“Russia’s campaign of cruelty only strengthens Ukraine’s resolve. As Moscow intensifies its strikes on Ukrainian cities and civilians, NATO Allies are boosting Ukraine’s air defenses.

“We will continue to stand by the brave Ukrainians as they push back against Russia’s war of aggression,” said Stoltenberg.

The members of the Alliance noted that they have already delivered a vast array of air defense systems to Ukraine and they reaffirmed their commitment to further bolster Ukraine’s defenses.

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Stoltenberg mentioned Ukraine's allies' desire for early F-16 deployment, stressing the jets' effectiveness hinges on pilot training and crew readiness.

“Allies made clear that they will continue to provide Ukraine with major military, economic, and humanitarian assistance, and many Allies outlined plans to provide billions of euros of further capabilities in 2024,” reported the NATO website following the meeting.

The recent decision of several NATO states to jointly purchase up to 1,000 Patriot missiles to replenish their stockpiles was explained by the fact that at the same time, “they continue to bolster Ukraine’s air defenses.”

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Germany recently delivered Patriot and Skynex air defense systems and additional missiles for IRIS-T air defenses to Ukraine and the UK is sending around 200 surface-to-air missiles to Ukraine.

What was expected by the Ukrainian side

Minister of Foreign Affairs Dmytro Kuleba was hoping that the extraordinary NATO-Ukraine Council would be followed by “prompt commitments” of the Allies to strengthen Ukraine’s air defense to “fend off waves of devastating Russian air attacks.”

“First and foremost, we expect the meeting to expedite critical decisions on further strengthening Ukraine’s air defense capabilities. Both in terms of modern systems and their ammunition,” Kuleba told POLITICO.

“We are deeply grateful to all of our partners who continue to provide Ukraine with the means to defend its sky.”

According to Kuleba, the recent Russian air attacks were aimed at depleting Ukraine’s defense resources, so Kuleba called on the allies to “provide Ukraine with the means to defend its sky.”

“Ensuring regular supplies of missiles for Patriots, IRIS-T, NASAMS, and other systems is a top priority that must be completed today, not tomorrow…” Kuleba said. “The more successful Ukraine's air defense, the less likely it is that a Russian missile or drone will accidentally fly into bordering NATO airspace.”

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The format of the NATO-Ukraine Council was created at the NATO summit in Vilnius on July 11-12, 2023, for joint consultations, decision-making and activities between NATO and Ukraine.

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trumpty dumpty
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joe biden saved america,he made the whitehouse trumpy free again,by the way when is trumpty dumpties next jan 6th hearings,but wait there is more,he even has a fraud trial now going,the wonder boy will be wondering how many more court appearances he has left,how do you run for election inside a court house,dont know if thats even possible maybe he could send a double along .huston com check,nope still no awnswer they must be busy still.

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Stefan S
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huston.com is busy sucking dick. Pooty go fuck yourself.

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JMiguel
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This is one of the reasons western European people don't get, and I think Ukraine strategy of painting Russia army as weaklings counterproductive. I mean, if they're so sh** why do you need this staggering amount of money?!

John
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@JMiguel,

The size difference in the two militaries / national populations, always required better support be sent to Ukraine. They needed air superiority from day one yet still no F16's. Also compared to how much allied militaries were previously funded themselves to mitigate against Russian war, the amount presently given to Ukraine for exactly that purpose is a drop in the bucket.

I feel the reason many allied citizens don't get why its important to invest further in Ukraine is because of putin's multi-decade hybrid war against our democracies. This includes sowing false information and dissent via our 'free speech' open media some of which is owned by putin sympathizers (FOX, X...etc). His regime also appears to have been funding putin adoring politicians (rump, orban, Rico...Erdogen?.. and former Berlusconi?). That situation will improve as putin's runs out of money..6 MAGA slanted state GOP parties are presently near to bankruptcy. Either domestic donators are wising up, or the Russian sanctions are working.

I think the allied citizenry in general is being dummified with 'news' full of absolute tripe....like pet videos, shopping deals or what some celebrity is doing. I watched a national morning news show today where Ukraine was not even mentioned, but the talking heads hosting then they spent about 10 minutes gushing over what Taylor Swift was up to. People are what they eat.

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pooty got sent to naughty corner
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it looks like trumpty dumpty is using up all their time,i will try once more,huston com check,anyone home,over and out

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the eagle has not landed
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huston com check,anyone home,the eagle has not landed,hello huston are you there,com check,Europe to the rescue.

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