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President Zelenskyy Says Ukraine Ran Out of Missiles To Defend Trypillia Thermal Power Plant

During an interview with PBS NewsHour, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy stated that the Trypillia Thermal Power Plant (TPP) in Kyiv Oblast was destroyed by Russian forces because there were no missiles to defend it during the attack.

The strike took place on April 11, resulting in the complete destruction of the Trypillia TPP, which was a crucial power supplier to Kyiv, Zhytomyr, and Cherkasy oblasts.

Russia fired a total of 11 missiles towards the plant, according to Zelensky. 

While Ukraine successfully intercepted the first seven, the remaining four were able to destroy the facility.

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The loss of the Trypillia TPP highlights the vulnerability of Ukraine’s energy infrastructure, particularly given the country’s dwindling stock of air defense systems.

As the conflict continues, Russia has stepped up targeted attacks on Ukraine’s energy facilities, exacerbating the country’s energy crisis and hindering its ability to defend against further attacks.

Efforts to strengthen Ukraine’s defense capabilities have been challenged, including delays in obtaining additional air defense systems and military aid funding from the United States.

In response to the increasing hostilities, Germany has announced the immediate delivery of an additional Patriot battery to Ukraine, providing much-needed support in defending against aerial threats.

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Credits: DepositPhotos – Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy is reacting as he attends a press conference on the second anniversary of the full-scale Russian invasion in Kyiv, Ukraine, on February 24, 2024. — Photo by Wlad_Mus

President Zelenskyy stressed the urgent need for stronger defense measures, citing the disproportionate ratio of artillery shells and aircraft deployed by Russian forces.

In the meantime, Ukraine’s Security Service (SBU) has reported the destruction of a Russian Nebo-U radar system, which has reduced Russia’s ability to monitor Ukrainian airspace along the northern border.

The destruction of key Russian military assets, including radar systems and infrastructure, highlights Ukraine’s resilience and determination to counter Russian aggression.

Ukrainian officials remain committed to defending strategic cities like Kharkiv despite continuing attacks and threats, emphasizing readiness to repel potential offensives and thwart Russian encroachments.

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