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Zelenskyy: Kharkiv Needs Two Patriot Systems to Stop Russian Occupation

The difficult situation in the Kharkiv region amid Russia’s offensive actions in northern Ukraine forced President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy to cancel his international trips and focus on the frontline.

In an interview with ABC News foreign correspondent James Longman, on May 16, Zelenskyy said that 2 Patriot systems are needed to protect Kharkiv

“All we need are two Patriot systems,” he said. “Russia will not be able to occupy Kharkiv if we have those.”

Zelenskyy clearly stated that the delay in US military aid had directly influenced the course of the war and exacerbated the situation along the northeastern border. He stressed that hundreds had lost their lives or been wounded in the last few days, emphasizing that many of the casualties were soldiers from the local region. The President expressed the significance of his presence there, offering support to those affected.

“The situation is very serious,” added the President. “We cannot afford to lose Kharkiv.”

When asked whether it’s the US’s fault, what is happening in Kharkiv, Zelenskyy replied: “It’s the world’s fault. They gave the opportunity for Putin to occupy. But now the world can help.”

Zelenskyy called into action when asked regarding the United States Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s visit to Ukraine.

“Dialogue is good,” he said. “But we need help now.”

Earlier in the day, Volodymyr Zelenskyy also convened a staff meeting in Kharkiv to address the ongoing situation in the region amidst Russia’s offensive in the northern part of the region.

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