Patriot: US hands over Patriot guided missile system to Ukraine – Times of India

KYIV: Ukraine’s defense minister said on Wednesday that his country had received a US-made Patriot The long-awaited surface-to-air guided missile system, which Kyiv It is hoped that this will help protect it from Russian attacks during the war. “Today, our beautiful Ukrainian sky has become more secure because the Patriot air defense system has arrived ukraine,” Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov said in a tweet. Ukrainian officials have previously said the arrival of the Patriot systems, which Washington agreed to send last October, would give a major boost to the war against a full-scale invasion of Moscow. The Patriot can target aircraft, cruise missiles and short-range ballistic missiles. Russia has used that weapon to bomb Ukraine, including residential areas and civilian infrastructure, especially power supplies in winter.
Reznikov thanked those in the United States, Germany and the Netherlands, without specifying how many systems were delivered nor when. German Foreign Minister Annalena Barebock On Wednesday confirmed the delivery of the Patriot system to lawmakers in Berlin.
Reznikov said he first asked for the Patriot system when he visited the US in August 2021, five months before a full-scale invasion by the Kremlin’s forces. He was told in the US at the time that this was “impossible”. Ukrainian personnel have been trained on the Patriot battery, which can require as many as 90 soldiers to operate and maintain. “Our air guards have mastered (the Patriot system) as far as they could. And our allies have kept their word,” Reznikov Wrote on Twitter.