Ukraine expects to receive additional air defence systems to protect the "grain corridor" in the Black Sea and Odesa Region, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has said at a meeting with media representatives following the second international Grain from Ukraine summit in Kyiv.
Relevant agreements with partner countries are already in place and being implemented, he noted.
"There remains a very specific number of systems with a very specific name. This request is there. There is already a positive response when these systems will protect that region. Because the corridor is important there, as well as the people. Our people in Odesa Region are important to us. However, there is a deficit of air defence systems... It is important that there are agreements, there is a positive signal, the corridor is working," he said.
Zelenskyy stressed that despite all the challenges, the grain corridor continues to function, and Russia does not have a strong influence on its work today.
"We have a clear corridor and cooperation on its use with Bulgaria, Romania and Turkey. We have agreements with the UK, which insures this corridor. There should be appropriate results. I have an agreement with several states on a powerful Ukrainian escort, a convoy. We are already receiving the appropriate sea boats," the president said.
Zelenskyy also added that the volume of Ukrainian goods transported by rail through Moldova and Romania is increasing.
Yesterday Zelenskyy said that in Ukraine "there are cities where there are real problems with air defence". He noted that Ukraine has passed on information about the shortage of air defence systems to specific partner countries.