On Saturday afternoon, Lambrecht herself had to temporarily seek refuge in a bunker when an air-raid warning was sounded. Lambrecht said it was important to “continue to support Ukrainian air defence with Iris-T, this state-of-the-art new system. But also with defence drones”.
In ihrem Kampf gegen die russische Aggression unterstützen wir unsere ukrainischen Freunde mit weiteren Hilfen. Unter anderem liefern wir zeitnah das Flugabwehrsystem IRIS-T SLM. Mehr dazu um 23:15 Uhr in den @Tagesthemen📲 https://t.co/SDL9n2ceeS pic.twitter.com/5FxNj2Za7Z
— Verteidigungsministerium (@BMVg_Bundeswehr) October 1, 2022
The defence minister had announced at a meeting with her Ukrainian counterpart Oleksiy Reznikov that the system should arrive in a few days’ time to support Ukraine’s campaign to repel Russia. Lambrecht had arrived in Ukraine on Saturday afternoon for a first visit since the start of the Russian war of aggression a good seven months ago, a trip that had been kept secret until the evening for security reasons.