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Kyiv has become the safest city in Ukraine: what air defense systems protect the capital?

Western air defense systems have turned Kyiv into a surprisingly safe city despite the ongoing war in Ukraine. Find out what air defense systems protect the capital and what other Ukrainian cities are safe for Ukrainians and foreigners

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Thanks to Western air defense systems, Kyiv has become the safest city in war-torn Ukraine. According to Politico, at the beginning of the full-scale invasion, Ukraine was protected from russian missiles only by Soviet medium-range missile and anti-aircraft systems C-300 and Buk-M1, which not only did not provide the necessary protection, but also posed a problem, because the missiles for these systems were manufactured mainly in russia.


So, how Kyiv became the safest city during the war and what air defense systems cover the capital's skies is described in the article below.


What kind of air defense systems are there in Kyiv and on the outskirts of the city?


According to the head of the Kyiv Military Administration, Serhiy Popko, the sky over Kyiv is protected:


- Short-range air defense systems: Gepard from Germany and Avenger Short-Range Air Defense from the United States;

- medium-range systems: MIM-23 Hawks manufactured by Raytheon from the United States, NASAMS from Raytheon and Norwegian Kongsberg, and the German IRIS-t SLM;

- long-range systems: the US Patriot PAC-3 and Eurosam SAMP/T, supplied by France and Italy.


In addition, Ukraine still uses Soviet air defense systems, so the sky over Kyiv is reliably protected from cruise and ballistic missiles, as well as attack drones, which russia uses for attacks almost daily.


At the same time, Popko noted that Ukraine needs more diverse air defense systems not only for the capital, but for every city. Currently, Ukraine does not have enough systems to provide reliable protection for every region of the country.


"Each air defense system is worth its weight in gold," he added.


Read more about what air defense systems cover the skies over other regions of Ukraine here.




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Is it safe to travel in Ukraine now?


Unfortunately, russia has a lot of resources to attack Ukraine from the air. And given the shortage of air defense systems, there are no completely safe cities. However, at the same time, there are regions in Ukraine where there is almost no critical infrastructure that could be attacked by russia, and therefore there are almost no air raids in these places, and explosions have been heard there only once since the start of the full-scale invasion


At the same time, air defense systems are not the only factor that affects the safety of the population, as the behavior of people in case of a threat is also important. Thus, in order to make your trip to Ukraine as safe as possible, you should closely monitor air raid warnings and, in the event of a signal, immediately go to the nearest shelter and never ignore it.


In addition, when planning a trip to Ukraine, we recommend that you take care of reliable medical insurance covering military risks. This is especially true for those traveling to Ukraine from abroad, as any foreign insurance will not be valid in Ukraine under martial law. You can apply for an insurance policy that covers not only basic medical services and treatment, but also accidents related to the war in Ukraine on the Visit Ukraine website. Both foreigners and Ukrainian citizens can purchase insurance covering military risks.


We remind you! The incredible beauty of Ukrainian nature and cities attracts thousands of foreign tourists despite the security situation in the country. Read more about whether it is worth traveling to Ukraine now and how much such a trip will cost in our previous article.


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