UKRAINE, KHARKIV, May 24 — After the Russian shelling of a printing house in Kharkiv, Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba called on the allies to provide Ukraine with seven Patriot air defense systems. He wrote about this on his page on X.

“This heinous attack must remind everyone around the world that Ukraine still urgently needs seven “Patriot” systems. Every day of delay and debate not only costs lives but also brings the possibility of a larger war in Europe closer,” he wrote.

Russia often attacks Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second-largest city that is 19 miles from the state border, targeting civilian and critical infrastructure. The attacks intensified since the Russians began their new ground offensive north and northeast of the Kharkiv region on May 10. 

The minister also thanked Germany for providing Ukraine with one air defense system and emphasized that obtaining six more “remains critical not only for Ukraine’s survival but also for peace in Europe.”

“I once again urge countries that have “Patriots” to speed up decisions and provide these systems to Ukraine. Unfortunately, mere words of solidarity do not intercept Russian missiles,” Kuleba emphasized.

The Russian missile attack on a printing house on May 23 killed seven and injured 21 people. It was one of the largest printing houses in Eastern Europe. The Russian army’s overnight strikes injured one woman and damaged the building of an enterprise: the roof, facade, and windows were smashed.

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