Polish Defense Minister Mariusz Blaszczak said on Wednesday that the Patriot missile defense system Germany has given Poland should go to Ukraine instead.
“After new missile attacks (from Russia), I turned to (Germany) for the proposed Patriot batteries (from Poland) to be transferred to (Ukraine) and deployed on the western border,” Blaszczak said. on Twitter.
“This will protect (Ukraine) from further casualties and from blackout and enhance security at our eastern border.”
Ukraine’s Ambassador to Warsaw, Vasyl Zvarych, responded with thanks on Twitter and added, “We need as many modern anti-missile systems as possible to keep the skies above Ukraine safe.” A successful defense of (Ukraine) against Russia is a contribution to the security of Poland and all of Europe, because Russian terror does not respect borders.
Germany’s offer to Poland came after a missile hit Polish territory and killed two people near the Ukrainian border on November 15. Poland and NATO leaders said the projectile was likely fired by Ukrainian forces defending their country from Russian strikes, and the incident appeared to be an accident.
A longtime pillar of US military operations: The Patriot air defense missile system – Patriot stands for “Phased Array Tracking Radar to Intercept of Target” – is designed to counter and destroy incoming short-range ballistic missiles, advanced aircraft and cruise missiles.
The battery includes missiles and launch stations, a radar array that detects and tracks targets, and an engagement control station, according to the Missile Defense Advocacy Alliance.
The Patriot missile system has undergone several improvements and upgrades since its first deployment in 1982.
Its first combat use was during the Gulf War, which was also the first time an air defense system destroyed a hostile tactical ballistic missile.
Learn more about Patriot missile defense systems here.
CNN’s Veronica Stracqualursi contributed to this post.