At the start of the NATO summit, Ukraine receives promises of air defence systems. The bombed-out children's clinic in kyiv will be rebuilt.

A woman wearing a mask stands in the rubble of a bombed-out clinic

Children's clinic bombed in kyiv on July 8, 2024 Photo: Ukrinform/dpa

Zelenskyj: The bombed hospital is being rebuilt

Ukrainian head of state Volodymyr Zelensky announced the reconstruction of the children's hospital in Kyiv that was severely damaged by a Russian missile attack. 100 million hryvnia (equivalent to 2.3 million euros) has already been allocated to support the hospital, with another 300 million hryvnia to follow, Zelensky said. He thanked all private donors who supported the clinic and promised help to all families whose relatives were killed or injured in the attack.

More than 40 people were killed and more than 100 injured across the country in the rocket attack on Ukraine on Monday. The bombing of a children's hospital in kyiv sparked international outrage. An emergency meeting of the UN Security Council brought harsh criticism of Russia's actions.

“This is, of course, a PR campaign, in this case a PR campaign based on blood,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said. The Ukrainians were so clumsy in using their anti-aircraft defences that one of these missiles hit the hospital, he said in an interview on Russian state television. Now kyiv is trying to exploit this tragedy as a backdrop for President Volodymyr Zelensky's participation in the NATO summit. (dpa)

The United States and its partners promise to strengthen kyiv's air defense

The United States and other NATO countries want to equip Ukraine with additional equipment to defend itself against Russian air strikes. This was announced by US President Joe Biden at a ceremony marking the 75th anniversary of the defence alliance in Washington. A joint statement by the US and several partners also mentioned “additional” Patriot air defence systems.

In addition, dozens of tactical air defence systems, such as Nasams or Iris-T, should go to kyiv, he said. “These systems will further expand and strengthen Ukraine's air defence.” The joint statement came from, among others, the United States, Germany, the Netherlands, Romania and Italy.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky thanked Washington. On the platform

kyiv says it has received a total of four Patriot systems so far. Germany provided three of them. Romania, among others, promised something else: the war in Ukraine is one of the main topics of the NATO summit in Washington. The heads of state and government of the 32 member states of the defence alliance are celebrating NATO's 75th anniversary there. (dpa)

Ukraine opens arms office in Washington

Ukraine is opening a small office in Washington to strengthen ties with the US defence industry, Ukrainian officials announced on Tuesday at the start of the NATO summit in the US capital. The US, Ukraine and many European countries are currently increasing their production capacity in the defence sector.

Regardless of whether President Joe Biden or former head of state Donald Trump wins the US election, NATO and Ukraine want to be able to better meet their own defence needs. The announcement of the office's creation was one of several concerning new weapons for Ukraine under attack by Russia. (ap)

Pistorius appeals to NATO: more help needed for Ukraine

Defence Minister Boris Pistorius (SPD) has called on NATO partners to provide increased military support to Ukraine. According to the budget plan, there is “no shortfall in this respect” in German funding, but a smaller amount than this year, the SPD politician said on the sidelines of the NATO summit in Washington. The common task is “to help Ukraine with what it needs, but also with what we can afford.”

Pistorius said: “But at the same time, please understand this as a call to all other partners in Europe to do more to lead Ukraine this year and next.” (dpa)