Poland's defence minister offers to transfer Patriot air defence systems from Germany to Ukraine
Poland proposes to deploy Patriot on Ukraine's western border.
Polish Defence Minister Mariusz Blaszczak wrote this on his Twitter account.
After further Russian missile attacks, I have asked Germany to have Poland's proposed Patriot batteries transferred to Ukraine and deployed on its western border. This will protect Ukraine from further casualties and de-energisation and improve security on our eastern border.
It is worth recalling that Germany offered Warsaw to hand over the Patriot missile defence system after a missile went down in Poland after a massive missile attack on Ukrainian territory by Russia.
The AFU also reacted to the news of the transfer of missile defence systems. Air Force Command spokesman Yuriy Ignat commented:
Why exactly in Poland? We can also deploy in Ukraine in the western part. This is a question for our partners - what steps they are willing to take to protect both the Ukrainian border and Europe, to ensure airspace security still on the outskirts of Europe.
He noted that Patriot could shoot down targets within a radius of up to 150 km: the closer the target, the more accurate. These systems will not work independently, but will strengthen the existing air defence system.