Polish Defense Minister Mariusz Blaszczak announced on Wednesday that he has asked Germany to supply Ukraine with the Patriot air defense systems it has offered to Poland. TASR informs about it based on the report of the PAP agency.
Berlin offered Warsaw the aforementioned defense systems after last week’s rocket attack in the Polish village of Przewodów near the border with Ukraine, in which two people lost their lives.
According to both Warsaw and NATO, Przewodów was apparently hit by a Russian-made missile fired by Ukrainian air defenses. However, the West attributed the final blame to Russiabecause it put Ukraine in a position to defend itself against Russian missile strikes.
“After more missile attacks by Russia (on Ukraine), I asked the German side to hand over the Patriot batteries offered to Poland to Ukraine and deploy them on their (Ukraine’s) western borders,Blaszczak wrote on Twitter.
“This will help Ukraine prevent further loss of life and power outages, and it will also increase security on our eastern borders,” the Polish minister added.
Such a step corresponds to the position expressed earlier on Wednesday by the leader of the Polish ruling party Law and Justice (PiS), Jaroslaw Kaczynski. In an interview with the PAP agency, he welcomed Germany’s offer regarding the Patriots. At the same time, however, he stated that these systems would be better used in western Ukraine, where their deployment would be more beneficial for the security of Poland itself.