Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy Appeals for Air Defense Support at Berlin Summit

By Thea Felicity

Jun 11, 2024 11:46 AM EDT

Boris Johnson Meets With Zelensky In Kyiv On Ukraine's Independence Day
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky speaks as he and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson (not pictured) give a press conference on August 24, 2022 in Kyiv, Ukraine. The British prime minister, who leaves office next month, visited the Ukrainian capital as the country commemorated its 1991 independence from the Soviet Union. This year, August 24 also marks six months since the start of Russia's large-scale invasion of the country.
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Ukrainian President Zelenskyy passionately appealed for increased air defense assistance against Russian attacks during a reconstruction conference in Berlin, as reported by Channel News Asia. 

Although there have been "possible" diplomatic discussions between the two countries, Zelenskyy still emphasized the urgency of addressing Russia's aerial superiority, stressing the critical role of air defense in preventing Russian advancements on Ukrainian soil. 

Zelenskyy's call for support was echoed by German Chancellor Scholz, who urged allies to boost Ukraine's air defense capabilities. Scholz cited that prevention is the most effective form of reconstruction. 

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Volodymyr Zelenskyy's Diplomatic Efforts

Amid escalating tensions and ongoing conflict, Zelenskyy's diplomatic efforts include engagements with G7 leaders in Italy and peace talks in Switzerland; according to VCPost, Ukraine's call for international solidarity will unlikely include China after PM Xi Jin Ping snubbed Zelenskyy at an event in Davos earlier this year.

For now, funding for increased air defense assistance against Russian attacks will likely involve diplomatic discussions, with support from allies like Germany, Italy, Switzerland, and the United States.

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