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Germany has supplied Ukraine with its third Patriot air defense system

Germany has supplied Ukraine with its third Patriot air defense system

In a significant development aimed at bolstering Ukraine’s defenses against Russian air strikes, Germany has fulfilled Ukraine’s request by delivering its third Patriot air defense system. This delivery comes amidst ongoing tensions and frequent aerial attacks on Ukraine’s national infrastructure, including the power grid, by Russian forces. Earlier this year, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy emphasized the need for at least seven more Patriot systems to enhance Ukraine’s defensive capabilities. The recent delivery of the Patriot system has been acknowledged by the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense, which praised Germany for its steadfast support.

German Ambassador to Ukraine, Martin Jaeger, highlighted that the Patriot system will contribute significantly to protecting civilians and critical infrastructure. Ukrainian crews have undergone necessary training in Germany to effectively operate the advanced air defense system.

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Looking ahead, Ukraine anticipates positive developments regarding air defense supplies during the upcoming NATO summit in Washington, DC. A senior US State Department official has indicated that Kyiv can expect favorable outcomes related to its defense needs at the summit. Since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February 2022, the conflict has seen continued use of missiles and drones by Russian forces for long-range attacks, underscoring the critical importance of enhanced air defense capabilities for Ukraine’s security and stability.