Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Thursday renewed his appeals for fresh air defence systems on a visit to Lithuania, as his war-torn country faced ramped-up Russian bombardments of major cities.

The visit, during which Ukraine signed a 10-year bilateral security deal with Latvia, comes after Moscow launched a barrage of aerial attacks, targeting energy facilities across Ukraine.

Zelensky told reporters that securing more air defences was "the priority number one" for Kyiv.

"It is our biggest challenge for today, and you know that we've been attacked today this night, this early morning. Again, Kharkiv, again, Odesa, Zaporizhzhia, Kyiv region, a lot of our regions," Zelensky said.

The Ukrainian leader arrived in Lithuania, one of Kyiv's staunchest allies, to hold talks with Central and Eastern European leaders on new aid for his country amid faltering Western military support.


"The main thing now is to do everything to strengthen our air defence, to meet the urgent needs of the defence forces of Ukraine, as well as to consolidate international support," Zelensky said on social media upon arrival.

Zelensky was speaking ahead of talks with his Lithuanian counterpart Gitanas Nauseda, focused primarily on Ukraine's needs.

Nauseda said that Lithuania "is really committed to do the best" to provide Ukraine with the necessary equipment.

Vilnius added that a new package of anti-drone systems, electricity generators and folding beds had reached Ukraine on Thursday.

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Zelensky also announced that he and his Latvian counterpart Edgars Rinkevics had signed "a bilateral security agreement between Ukraine and Latvia".

"It envisages Latvia's annual military support for Ukraine at 0.25% of GDP," he posted on X.

"Latvia also made a 10-year commitment to assist Ukraine with cyberdefence, demining and unmanned technologies, as well as support for Ukraine's EU and NATO accession."

Since the start of the Russian invasion, Zelensky has been a rare guest abroad, but he has now visited Lithuania three times since Moscow's assault in 2022.


He was in Vilnius for a NATO summit last July, and visited Lithuania in January to ask Western partners for more military aid.

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