President of Ukraine

Together with our partners, we are working on strengthening Ukrainian opportunities in the sky – President in Sweden

19 August 2023 - 18:15

Together with our partners, we are working on strengthening Ukrainian opportunities in the sky – President in Sweden

Ukraine, together with its partners, is working to gain an advantage over the Russian invaders not only on the ground, but also in the sky. This was stated by President Volodymyr Zelenskyy at a meeting with media representatives following negotiations with Prime Minister of Sweden Ulf Kristersson.

"It is important that we took powerful steps. It is important that in a few weeks there will be appropriate actions which, I strongly believe, will open up the possibility of obtaining suitable aircraft in the future. Tomorrow and the day after tomorrow, I will have negotiations with several more states, and I am sure that we, together with our partners, will achieve an appropriate result for the sky, so that the Russians do not have this advantage," the Head of State said.

He said that the Ukrainian army needs to control the sky to ensure the further advance of troops and the liberation of the territories occupied by Russia.

"We are on our land. We know exactly what we are fighting for and we know exactly that we will win. Today, on the ground, our military is doing the possible and the impossible, and in many difficult directions we see how we are advancing, while Russia is retreating. And where it does not retreat, it loses thousands," the President said.

At the same time, he said that despite advancing on the ground, Ukraine's defense forces still do not have an advantage over the Russian troops in the sky, because they are not equipped with modern aircraft. According to the Head of State, Swedish Saab JAS 39 Gripen aircraft can strengthen Ukrainian positions in the sky.

Zelenskyy also said that Ukraine needs more infantry fighting vehicles, so the agreement on the production of CV90 in our country is an important step that will save people and save time for repair.

"This is war: something breaks and needs to be repaired. To repair in other states, not on the territory of Ukraine. It is very hard. You lose time and initiative on the battlefield. And, most importantly, you lose people. Therefore, today's step is a powerful step forward," the President said, adding that the quick technical implementation of the agreements reached is now required.