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Zelensky secures Spanish pledge additional air defence missiles

UKRAINIAN President Volodymyr Zelensky secured a Spanish pledge today of additional air defence missiles to help fight the approximately 3,000 bombs he says Russia launches at targets in his country every month.

Mr Zelensky and Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez signed a bilateral security agreement that allocates €1 billion (£849m) in military aid to Ukraine this year and €5bn (£4.2bn) by 2027. More Leopard tanks and artillery ammunition also feature in the package.

However, Kiev still urgently needs another seven US-made Patriot air defence systems to stop Moscow’s forces hitting the power grid and civilian areas, as well as military targets, with glide bombs, Mr Zelensky said.

The death toll from a glide bomb attack on a Kharkiv shopping centre on Saturday has risen to 18, regional Governor Oleh Syniehubov said today, with five people still missing.

Ukraine has recently struck Russian nuclear warning radar systems at Voronezh, prompting alarm from some Western advisers, according to the Telegraph.

It quoted military analysts from the US and Norway who said undermining Russia’s ability to detect an incoming nuclear strike and eliminate false positives made escalation more likely.

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