Ukrainian President Zelensky shocked by Israel’s inability to provide military support

Volodymyr Zelensky, the president of Ukraine, said he was “shocked” by Israel’s refusal to provide Kyiv with anti-missile systems to help repel Russian strikes, according to an interview released Saturday.

Since the start of the fight in February, Zelenskyy has been asking for the weapons. He referred to Israel’s Iron Dome system, which is frequently used to block rockets fired from Gaza by Palestinian militants.

In an interview with French reporters on Wednesday, Zelensky made the comments, while a recording of the interview was made available by his office on Saturday.

“I don’t know what happened to Israel. I’m honestly, frankly – I’m in shock, because I don’t understand why they couldn’t give us air defenses,” he said.

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His comments were stronger than those he made in March when he berated Israel for its reluctance to send weapons. At the time, Israel was evasive, saying it would help Ukraine as much as it could.

Israel, which has condemned the Russian invasion, is wary of strained ties with Moscow, a power player in neighboring Syria where Israeli forces frequently attack pro-Iranian militias.

“I understand – they have a difficult situation, regarding the situation with Syria and Russia,” Zelensky said, adding that he was not making accusations.

“I state the facts. My conversations with Israeli leaders have done nothing to help Ukraine.

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