Ukraine receives more Western war tech to secure airspace
Patriot missiles from the United States, Germany and the Netherlands made it to Ukraine on Wednesday; Ukrainian minister of defense calls it a ‘dream’ come true
A new shipment of Western war tech made its way to Ukraine on Wednesday, which included Patriot missiles from the United States, Germany and the Netherlands, said Ukraine’s Minister of Defense, Oleksii Reznikov.
“‘Patriots’ for patriots,” he tweeted, with an image of the new missile system.
Earlier this year, 65 Ukrainian troops traveled to the United States to train on the missile system and completed training in late March, reported Newsweek.
This has been a long time coming for Reznikov, as he also mentioned in his tweet that Ukraine had been asking for this system since in August 2021, before the war began, making the arrival of the system a “dream” come true, he said.
“Patriots” for patriots— Oleksii Reznikov (@oleksiireznikov) April 19, 2023
Do you know how to visualize a dream? We must tell about it to the world and give it life! This is exactly what happened with the Patriots, even before the large-scale war, even before my appointment to the most important position of my life at the most… pic.twitter.com/m6H63erV6Z
Over the course of the war, Russian missiles have caused damage to Ukrainian infrastructure and contributed to many civilian deaths, as reported by The Associated Press. With the new air defense system, Ukraine will be able to fight back against Russian air attacks at the steep price of $4 million a missile, which may make them a little selective.
Russia’s air attacks have used multiple drones recently, which are less expensive at around $50,000 each. Some of the drones have allegedly been from China, but China has denied the allegations and said in a statement Wednesday that it is advocating for peace, reported AP.