Berlin The German government reacted cautiously to the proposal to deploy the proposed Patriot air defense system in Ukraine instead of Poland. After a meeting with her Estonian counterpart Hanno Pevkur in Berlin, Federal Defense Minister Christine Lamprecht said Thursday that after the deadly impact of a missile in Poland, the neighboring country was promised support with Patriot systems and Eurofighter jets.
However, Patriot missiles are integrated into NATO’s integrated air defense system. If it will now be transferred to Ukraine, this must first be discussed with the allies.
Polish Defense Minister Mariusz Blaszczak said he had asked the German government not to set up Patriot batteries in his country but on Ukraine’s western border. “This will allow to save Ukraine from more victims and power outages and increase security on our eastern border,” he wrote on Twitter.
In the past few days, the Russian army has intensified its missile attacks on targets in Ukraine, targeting mainly the energy infrastructure. In many parts of the country, people still suffer from power, water and heating cuts.
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The Ukrainian military leadership welcomed the proposal from Warsaw. Air Force spokesman Yury Ihnat said on television that the Patriot systems could be installed in western Ukraine. This will allow Europe to protect its airspace in advance.
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Germany offered its support to Poland after a missile hit the Polish village of Przyodo near the border with Ukraine last week. Two people killed.
Currently, the West assumes that it is a Ukrainian anti-aircraft missile used to defend against Russian military attacks.
FDP expert supports Patriot positioning
FDP defense expert Markus Faber wrote on Twitter that the idea of deploying Patriot systems in western Ukraine was a “useful suggestion” nine months into Russia’s war of aggression.
In addition to 30 Gepard anti-aircraft tanks, Germany has also supplied Ukraine with its latest air defense system, the Iris-T SLM, which, according to Ukrainian information, is being used with great success. Lambrecht said the federal government will continue to support Ukraine.
Security expert and political scientist Nico Lang predicts that the Russian army will only be able to continue massive missile attacks for a limited time. Lang said that stocks of Russian missiles and cruise missiles were dwindling and that Ukraine’s air defenses were slowly improving.
“Putin’s window to destroy missiles is closing.” But, unfortunately, modern Western air defense arrives late and slowly. “So much damage has already been done that it will be difficult to repair.”
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