“Let the West shoot down Russian missiles from home”

“Let the West shoot down Russian missiles from home”
“Let the West shoot down Russian missiles from home”

The head of Ukrainian diplomacy Dmytro Kuleba proposed Tuesday that Ukraine’s allies shoot down Russian missiles targeting his country from their territory.

“There is no legal, security or moral argument that would prevent our partners from shooting down Russian missiles over the territory of Ukraine from their territory,” Dmytro Kouleba said during a conference of press with her German counterpart Annalena Baerbock.

Ukraine had already called on the West at the start of the invasion to help it shoot down Russian missiles above its territory, but its allies had considered that the risk of escalation of the conflict was too great.

Dmytro Kouleba brushed aside this argument on Tuesday, noting that shooting down missiles does not endanger Russia or Russian soldiers. These are “pieces of metal that carry death from Russia to Ukraine,” he insisted

“If you don’t want to do it, provide us with whatever means necessary. We will deploy them on the territory of Ukraine and we will intercept these missiles ourselves,” he concluded.

Ms. Baerbock, on a surprise visit to kyiv, insisted on the need to deliver more anti-aircraft defense assets to this country as quickly as possible.

“Every hesitation and delay in supporting Ukraine costs innocent lives. And every hesitation to support Ukraine also jeopardizes our own security,” the minister said.

According to her, Russian President Vladimir Putin “knows no limits” and has engaged in a campaign of “destruction” of this country, citing the example of its electricity network being relentlessly bombed.

“The best protection against Russian missile terror is to strengthen Ukraine’s air defenses. So this is a top priority for us these days,” she said.

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