Ukrainian city of Mariupol to purchase Iron Dome air defense system from Israel

Deputy Mayor of Mariupol Sergey Zakharov said that the city authorities plan to purchase the Iron Dome missile defense system from Israel.

According to him, the opening of the airport in Mariupol requires that the distance from the zone of demarcation of the warring parties was more than 160 kilometers, but it is only about 40. Since the Ukrainian Defense Ministry and the international community do not consider the flights to the city located near the conflict zone safe, the mayor’s office of Mariupol decided to acquire an effective Israeli missile defense system.

We’ll see what happens with this. Earlier, Russian pressure on Israel prevented them from selling arms to Ukraine.


During the earlier years of the war (2015) Mariupol was hit by rockets several times. Here’s the viral dashcam video:

Though I’m not sure this isn’t a waste of money from Ukraine’s perspective. The Russians use the type of cheap missiles which are fired from Grad Rocket MLRS systems. Why counter them with $100,000 anti-missile missiles.