Kyiv backs Polish idea to send German Patriot missile system to Ukraine

2022-11-24 11:23 update: 2022-11-25, 10:31
Photo: PAP/Tytus Żmijewski
Photo: PAP/Tytus Żmijewski
The Ukrainian Air Force has backed a Polish proposal in which Germany hands over to Ukraine Patriot missile batteries it had initially offered to Poland.

The German government offered to send Poland the US-made air-defence system to help it secure its airspace after a missile crashed near a Polish village close to the Ukrainian border, killing two people last week.

But on Wednesday, the Polish defence minister asked Germany to give the Patriots to Ukraine instead.

"After further missile attacks by Russia (against Ukraine - PAP), I asked the German side to pass the Patriot batteries that it had offered to Poland to Ukraine instead, and deploy them on their western border," Mariusz Blaszczak wrote on Twitter.

The minister's move is in line with the opinion expressed by the ruling party leader, Jaroslaw Kaczynski, in an interview with PAP earlier on Wednesday.

Commenting on the Polish initiative, Yuriy Ihnat, spokesman for the Air Forces Command of the Armed Forces of Ukraine said that the deployment of Patriot systems in the west of Ukraine would strengthen the security of the airspace of both Ukraine and the whole Europe

"And why in Poland? You can deploy it in western Ukraine," Ihnat said, as cited by the RBK-Ukraine news portal. "This is a question for our partners, what steps are they ready to take to defend the Ukrainian border and Ukrainian territory and Europe, to ensure airspace security on the outskirts of Europe.

"This will of course help, the system has a range of over 100 kilometres... The system could potentially strengthen the defence of Ukrainian skies," he added. (PAP)