Russian aggression: Air defence is a major problem for Ukraine – Turchynov

19:02 Sep. 13, 2016

Air defence is a major problem for Ukraine – Turchynov

Oleksandr Turchynov during a presentation of new weapons, Kyiv, August 29, 2016 (UNIAN Photo)

Protecting the country from the air is a very important task for modern Ukraine, says Secretary of the National Security and Defence Council of Ukraine Oleksandr Turchynov

Talking to UNIAN news agency, the Secretary of RNBO (National Security and Defence Council) reminded that Russia constantly strengthens its air bases along Ukrainian borders, even increasing the air force, especially attack aviation. In Ukraine, the anti-aircraft system was systematically downsized leaving it to rust for years, restoring it would take time and money. That is why protecting our airspace from Russian aircraft and cruise missiles is a key issue for Ukrainian defence system.

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As Turchynov explains, Russia could attack Ukraine not only from East, from occupied Donbas territory, but also from North, South and occupied Crimea.

"We must be ready to withstand an attack from any direction, and, which is more probable – from several directions at once. We just have to be prepared. No panic, no fear and no fuss. We have to clearly understand that we will protect our nation by ourselves. We need to take it with understanding and quietly prepare", said Oleksandr Turchynov

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