Polish Defense Minister Mariusz Blaszczak said on Wednesday that the Patriot missile defense system offered by Germany to Poland should go to Ukraine instead.
“After further missile attacks (from Russia), I turned to (Germany) to move proposed (Poland) Patriot batteries to (Ukraine) and deploy them on the western border,” Blaszczak said on Twitter.
“This will protect (Ukraine) from further casualties and power outages and will enhance security on our eastern border.”
Ukraine’s ambassador to Warsaw, Vasyl Zvarych, responded by thanking him on Twitter, adding: “We need as many modern anti-missile systems as possible to keep the skies over Ukraine safe. The successful defense of (Ukraine) against Russia is a contribution to the security of Poland and the whole of Europe, because Russian terrorism respects no borders.
Germany’s offer to Poland came after a missile hit Polish territory and killed two people near the Ukrainian border on November 15. The leaders of Poland and NATO have said that the shell was likely fired by Ukrainian forces defending their country against Russian strikes, and that the incident appears to have surfaced. to be an accident.
A longtime mainstay of US military operations: The Patriot Air Defense Missile System — Patriot stands for “Phased Array Tracking Target Intercept Radar” — is designed to counter and destroy 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 Alliance.
The Patriot missile system has undergone many upgrades and improvements since it was first deployed in 1982.
Its first use in combat was in the Gulf War, and it was also the first time an air defense system destroyed an enemy tactical ballistic missile.
Read more about Patriot missile defense systems here.
CNN’s Veronica Straqualorsi contributed to this post.