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Germany's third Patriot air defense system arrived in Ukraine, ambassador says

by Martin Fornusek July 5, 2024 12:46 PM 1 min read
Two Patriot launchers deployed at the German Air and Missile Defense Task Force (PATRIOT) contingent are facing east. (Soeren Stache/picture alliance via Getty Images)
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The third Patriot air defense system pledged by Germany is already in Ukraine, the German ambassador in Kyiv, Martin Jaeger, said on July 5.

"During recent months, the Ukrainian crew has successfully completed their training in Germany," Jaeger said on X.

Berlin pledged the third battery back in April in response to Kyiv's calls for additional air defenses. Ukraine has faced increasingly intense Russian aerial attacks in recent months, which dealt a heavy blow to the country's energy infrastructure.

Apart from the latest delivery, Ukraine operates at least three Patriot systems, one supplied by the U.S. and two by Germany. The Netherlands has delivered several Patriot launchers and said it will deliver a full system in cooperation with another country.

Romania also pledged to deliver one system to Ukraine, though the exact timeline for the delivery of the Romanian and Dutch Patriots remains unclear.

The U.S., which produces Patriot systems and owns their largest arsenal, said it currently has no plans to supply an additional battery but has prioritized air defense missile deliveries to Ukraine over other countries.

The advanced weapons systems have played a crucial role in protecting the Ukrainian sky. They are capable of downing even the most advanced ballistic missiles, such as Kinzhals.

Romania to send Patriot defense system to Ukraine
Romania’s Supreme Council of National Defense members decided to donate the Patriot system to Kyiv in view of the “deteriorating security situation” in Ukraine amid Russia’s intensified attacks, the statement read.

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