Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said he was “shocked” by Israel’s failure to provide the Kyiv anti-missile system to help respond to the Russian attack, according to an interview made public Saturday.
Zelensky has been demanding weapons since shortly after the war began in February. He mentioned Israel’s Iron Dome system, which is often used to intercept rockets fired by Palestinian militants in Gaza.
“I don’t know what’s going on in Israel. Honestly, I’m shocked because I don’t understand why they can’t give us air defenses,” he said.
Zelensky made the remarks in an interview with French journalists on Wednesday. His office released the interview tape on Saturday.
Zelensky’s remarks were stronger than those he made in March, when he accused Israel of being reluctant to send weapons. At the time, Israel was noncommittal, saying it would do whatever it could to help Ukraine.
Israel, which has condemned the Russian invasion, is wary of tensions with Moscow, the power broker in neighbouring Syria, where Israeli forces routinely attack pro-Iranian militias.
“I understand — they are in a difficult situation, as far as the situation in Syria and Russia is concerned,” Zelensky said, adding that he was not accusing.
“I’m stating the facts. My conversations with Israeli leaders did nothing to help Ukraine.”
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