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Russia: Practice shows that our 'air defence is one of the best in the world' - Putin at meeting with Belgorod's Governor
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Russia: Practice shows that our 'air defence is one of the best in the world' - Putin at meeting with Belgorod's Governor

Russian Federation, Novo-Ogarevo
January 24, 2023 at 22:27 GMT +00:00 · Published

President Vladimir Putin claimed Russia's air defence system was 'one of the best in the world', during a working meeting with Belgorod region's Governor Vyacheslav Gladkov in Novo-Ogarevo on Tuesday.

"I have already said that what the US produces, say, Patriot missiles, our country produces three times as many. Even more than three times as many. As for air defence missiles in general, for various purposes, Russian production can be compared with the entire world's production," Putin stated.

Meanwhile, Gladkov reported on the situation in his region, including casualty numbers which he said were caused by Ukrainian air strikes.

"Ukraine, the enemy, is shelling civilian populated areas. We have 25 people killed and 96 wounded," he alleged.

Gladkov also claimed that his region's residents could now tell fact from fiction in what he described as the 'massive information war'.

"'Tomorrow tanks are coming, tomorrow they will seize Belgorod, tomorrow they will throw shells, bombs, run!' - there are all sorts of stories," he explained.

"If in the first months, especially in April, of course, people were not prepared for this situation, now, of course, there is already an understanding and an opportunity to distinguish truth from lies," Gladkov continued.

Putin responded, saying that Russians 'are not easily fooled - given their character.'

The Ukrainian side has made no comment on the allegations of shelling in Belgorod. Earlier, President Volodymyr Zelensky had said that his troops were not fighting on Russian territory.

Moscow launched the military offensive in Ukraine in late February 2022 after recognising the independence of the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics (DPR and LPR), claiming that Kiev had failed to guarantee their special status under the 2014 Minsk Agreements, and urging Ukraine to declare itself officially neutral and give assurances that it would never join NATO.

Kiev denounced the Russian action as an invasion. Zelensky imposed martial law throughout the country, announcing a general mobilisation, while the EU and US imposed several rounds of sanctions on Moscow.

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President Vladimir Putin claimed Russia's air defence system was 'one of the best in the world', during a working meeting with Belgorod region's Governor Vyacheslav Gladkov in Novo-Ogarevo on Tuesday.

"I have already said that what the US produces, say, Patriot missiles, our country produces three times as many. Even more than three times as many. As for air defence missiles in general, for various purposes, Russian production can be compared with the entire world's production," Putin stated.

Meanwhile, Gladkov reported on the situation in his region, including casualty numbers which he said were caused by Ukrainian air strikes.

"Ukraine, the enemy, is shelling civilian populated areas. We have 25 people killed and 96 wounded," he alleged.

Gladkov also claimed that his region's residents could now tell fact from fiction in what he described as the 'massive information war'.

"'Tomorrow tanks are coming, tomorrow they will seize Belgorod, tomorrow they will throw shells, bombs, run!' - there are all sorts of stories," he explained.

"If in the first months, especially in April, of course, people were not prepared for this situation, now, of course, there is already an understanding and an opportunity to distinguish truth from lies," Gladkov continued.

Putin responded, saying that Russians 'are not easily fooled - given their character.'

The Ukrainian side has made no comment on the allegations of shelling in Belgorod. Earlier, President Volodymyr Zelensky had said that his troops were not fighting on Russian territory.

Moscow launched the military offensive in Ukraine in late February 2022 after recognising the independence of the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics (DPR and LPR), claiming that Kiev had failed to guarantee their special status under the 2014 Minsk Agreements, and urging Ukraine to declare itself officially neutral and give assurances that it would never join NATO.

Kiev denounced the Russian action as an invasion. Zelensky imposed martial law throughout the country, announcing a general mobilisation, while the EU and US imposed several rounds of sanctions on Moscow.