Preparations “have already begun” for transfer of Patriot air defense system from US, says Ukrainian foreign minister

Preparations for the transfer of a Patriot air defense battery from the United States are already underway, according to Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba.

“We look forward to the deployment of Patriot as soon as possible,” said Kuleba in a video posted to Facebook on Wednesday. “Preparations for the transfer of these systems have already begun.”

President Joe Biden announced last month that the US would transfer a Patriot air defense battery, along with munitions, to Ukraine.

“Now President Zelensky and the entire diplomatic team are intensively working on new solutions for the supply of new types of Western weapons,” Kuleba said.

“First of all, we are talking about the supply of Western-style tanks and other armored vehicles. I have no doubt that the Ukrainian army will soon have additional armor and firepower.”


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