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Ukraine wants to buy Israel's Iron Dome air defense system — Ambassador

Photo: AFP

Photo: AFP

Ukraine is urging Israel to sell its Iron Dome tactical rocket interception system.

This was announced to journalists in Tel Aviv on Tuesday by Ukrainian Ambassador to Israel Yevgen Korniychuk, arguing that the United States would not object to this deal, Associated Press reports.

Quote"We need military-technical support, we need the Iron Dome... that will enable us to save our civilian women and children from Russian missile attacks," Korniychuk said.

He urged the Israeli government to "step outside their comfort zone", criticizing Israel for its reaction to the war with Russia, referring to a lack of action to provide military assistance to Ukraine.

Korniychuk also recalled that at the end of May, Israel had rejected the US request to Germany to supply Ukraine with Spike anti-tank missiles, produced in Germany according to Israeli technology and license.

According to the Congressional Research Service, the United States has been providing financial support to the Iron Dome for about a decade, sending $1.6 billion for its production and maintenance.

As reported, in June last year, the city authorities of Mariupol indicated their willingness to acquire the Iron Dome systems from Israel to defend the Mariupol airport that was closed with the outbreak of hostilities in the east of the country.

All-weather tactical rocket interception system system Iron Dome is intended to intercept and destroy short-range missiles. The system was developed by the Israeli defense company Rafael. Since being deployed in Israel in 2011, it has proven to be one of the world's most effective means of destroying short-range missiles.

According to the Israeli military, the system has shot down up to 90% of the missiles fired at Israel over the past few years. At the same time, in 2021, American experts expressed doubts about the effectiveness of using the Iron Dome in Ukraine due to the risk of destruction by Russian multiple launch rocket systems.

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