NATO, Kyiv allies meet to talk bolstering Ukraine air defense
15 October 2022 | 10:24 am
NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg has told a group of Ukraine's allies that air defense is a priority for the country as Russian missiles hit civilian targets. NATO defense ministers are also to discuss the escalation.
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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has called for quick accession to the defense alliance. Meanwhile, the G7's top diplomats are discussing Russia's ongoing assault on its neighbor.
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