Zelenskyy on construction of fortifications: We have enough mines, concrete; need greater speed, efficiency

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy, following a meeting of the Supreme Commander-in-Chief Headquarters on Tuesday, announced the need to speed up the construction of fortifications in the areas of the frontline, in particular, he said the state definitely has enough mines and concrete for this.

"I have just held a special, lengthy and detailed meeting of the Staff. First up – fortification. We are significantly enhancing our fortifications. There were detailed reports at all levels: the General Staff, the Ministry of Defense, the Prime Minister, regional authorities, commanders of the operational and strategic military formations. All finances are available. All decisions are in place. There should be comprehensive corresponding work in the communities. Everything is fully itemized – our country will definitely have enough mines and concrete. We need greater speed and efficiency, and everyone who is responsible for this has clear tasks," he said in a video address.

According to Zelenskyy, the Headquarters meeting's participants analyzed the recent massive Russian strikes on Ukraine and the tactics of protecting Ukrainian air defense.

As he noted, now "there is a clear need to develop and reinforce our mobile firing groups, as well as to get all highly effective air defense systems."

"We separately reviewed the work of Patriots and NASAMS – everything is highly effective, and I'm grateful to the partners who assist us specifically with these systems. The Air Force Commander and other relevant commanders, as well as the Ministry of Defense have been given the necessary instructions," the president said.

In addition, during the meeting, the head of state heard reports from commanders in all front-line directions. Special attention, according to him, was paid to Donetsk direction: AvdiYivka, Maryinka, Bakhmut axis.

"Over the last 24 hours, the most intense hostilities were observed there. I thank all our warriors for their strength and resilience. The Kupyansk direction – I want to particularly highlight the holding of our positions there. We also discussed our actions on the southern fronts," he said.