President Volodymyr Zelenskyy instructed the Defense Ministry, the Cabinet of Ministers, and the General Staff to propose a solution to ensure that takeoffs of Russian MiG-31Ks "do not paralyze the country for hours” during a meeting of the Supreme Commander-in-Chief’s Staff on Nov. 17.
The MiG-31K is a modification of the Russian MiG-31 fighter with the capability to use the hypersonic Kinzhal missiles.
The air alert associated with MiG takeoffs can last for three to four hours, as the occupiers have begun practicing in-air refueling. Although prolonged alerts affect businesses, the economy, and transportation, there is danger with every MiG takeoff, Ukrainian Air Force spokesperson Yuriy Ihnat said.
When asked whether Ukraine could categorize danger levels during prolonged alerts, Ihnat replied that they are not currently considering such an option, as the decision must be well-considered and requires a serious approach.
Meeting participants also heard a report from Defense Minister Rustem Umerov on the еneeds of Ukraine's defenders, the fulfillment of current contracts, and the systematization of international aid. Strategic Industries Minister Oleksandr Kamishin reported on increasing production volumes at Ukrainian defense enterprises and Ukraine's missile program approved in 2021.
The Staff also discussed the situation on the front and heard reports from commanders.
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