After the fall of a missile in Poland on November 15, the Polish Minister of Defense ordered Germany to transfer its Patriot anti-aircraft defense system to Ukraine, when it was initially offered by Berlin to Warsaw.
Poland’s defense minister has proposed that Germany transfer to Ukraine the Patriot air defense system it offered to Warsaw after a deadly missile fell in Poland on November 15.
“After new Russian missile attacks, I asked the German side that the Patriot batteries offered to Poland be transferred to Ukraine and installed on the western border,” said on the evening of 23 November Mariusz Blaszczak on Twitter. “This will protect Ukraine against further losses and power cuts, and will enhance security on our eastern border,” he added.
Poland wants to protect its eastern border
On November 22, the German government offered Warsaw to supply it with a Patriot anti-aircraft defense system, after the explosion of a missile caused the death of two people in the Polish village of Przewodow, near the Ukrainian border.
Initially, the Polish Minister of Defense welcomed the German proposal “with satisfaction” and indicated that he would propose that the system “be stationed near the border with Ukraine”.
German Patriot anti-aircraft units are already deployed in Slovakia. Berlin intends to keep them there “until the end of 2023 and potentially even beyond”, according to German Defense Minister Christine Lambrecht.
Russia has repeatedly denied firing the missile, which ended its trajectory in Poland on November 15 when it fell on a village near the border with Ukraine, killing two civilians. The same day, the Russian Ministry of Defense had indicated that it had carried out “a massive strike with high-precision weapons” against a series of targets in Ukraine, while stressing that these strikes had “been carried out only on targets located on the territory of Ukraine and at a distance of at least 35 kilometers from the Ukrainian-Polish border”. And, based on the analysis of photographs of the remains of the missile published by Poland, Russian military experts concluded that they belonged to an “anti-aircraft guided missile of the S-300 air defense complex of the Ukrainian Armed Forces”.
A series of statements from kyiv allies, from US President Joe Biden to NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg to the Polish President, have echoed support for the Ukrainian air defense system missile thesis.
Warsaw itself considered it “highly probable” that it was a Ukrainian anti-aircraft projectile.
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