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Ukrainian Defense Minister Rustam Umarov said Wednesday that the latest air defense support pledged to Ukraine will “significantly strengthen” its defense against a full-scale Russian invasion.

US President Joe Biden announced plans to supply Ukraine with new air defenses on Tuesday, in a speech he delivered at the opening of the NATO summit.

The United States, Germany and Romania announced in a joint statement that they would provide their own Patriot battery, while the Netherlands would work with other countries to enable them to provide an additional Patriot battery. Meanwhile, Italy said it would also provide the SAMP-T long-range air defense system.

In addition to long-range air defense systems, the United States and other countries are also providing Ukraine with “dozens” of short- and medium-range systems to help Kiev intercept Russian drones and missiles. The systems include NASAMS, HAWKs, IRIS T-SLM, IRIS T-SLS, and Gepard systems. Canada, Norway, Spain, the United Kingdom, and other countries will “play an integral role” in providing the systems to Ukraine, while “many other supporters” will provide interceptor missiles, the statement said.

“This will significantly strengthen our defenses,” Umarov wrote, thanking several countries that provided interceptor systems and missiles.

“We are grateful to all countries that have joined the Immediate Air Defense Initiative, which has raised more than $1 billion to support Ukraine’s air defense,” he added.

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