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Status: 10.07.2024 02:12 a.m.

Ukraine has lengthy been asking for reinforcements for its air protection system to defend itself in opposition to Russia. At the NATO summit in Washington, US President Biden promised one other “Patriot” system.

At the beginning of the NATO summit in Washington, US President Joe Biden introduced a further “Patriot” air protection system from the United States for Ukraine. Together with already recognized contributions from Germany, Romania, the Netherlands and Italy, “five strategic air defense systems” have been introduced collectively, Biden stated at a ceremony marking the alliance's seventy fifth anniversary.

In his speech to the heads of state and authorities, Biden stated that Ukraine must also obtain tons of of extra interceptors over the subsequent yr to guard Ukrainian cities from Russian missiles. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy had warned in latest months that extra “Patriot” techniques have been wanted to guard Ukrainian cities and metropolitan areas.

“We are working on further commitments this year,” stated a joint assertion by Biden, Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) and the heads of state and authorities of Romania, the Netherlands and Italy. “Our message to Moscow and the world is clear: our support for Ukraine is strong and steadfast.”

“Patriot” techniques for Ukraine

The USA had already supplied Ukraine with a “Patriot” system. Biden permitted the supply round a yr and a half in the past, when Zelensky traveled to the USA for his first overseas journey because the begin of the Russian struggle of aggression. The US authorities additionally recurrently provides Ukraine with extra ammunition for the “Patriot” system. Kyiv says it has up to now obtained a complete of 4 “Patriot” techniques. Germany has supplied three of them. Another has been promised by Romania, amongst others.

What is the Patriot air protection system?

The Patriot air protection system consists of radar-based guided missiles. The system is taken into account probably the most trendy air protection weapons on the earth. The launch containers and radar techniques are normally mounted on semi-trailers and vehicles, making them cell. The system was developed within the USA within the Nineteen Sixties. German firms have been additionally concerned in its manufacturing. The missiles can be utilized to fight plane, cruise missiles and ballistic missiles. It will not be appropriate for defending in opposition to small projectiles resembling mortar shells.
The “Patriot” system can assault as much as 5 targets concurrently. The Federal Republic of Germany launched the weapon in 1989. According to the producer, twelve nations have “Patriot” techniques – together with six NATO nations.

The struggle in Ukraine is among the fundamental matters on the NATO summit in Washington. The heads of state and authorities of the 32 member states of the protection alliance are celebrating NATO's seventy fifth anniversary there.

Selenskyj thanks allied states

Zelensky thanked the US, Germany and different NATO nations for the deliberate strengthening of his nation's air protection. He was grateful to the companions for adopting this declaration in help of the Ukrainian air protection system, Zelensky wrote on the X platform. The extra air protection techniques would assist destroy Russian drones and missiles and higher defend Ukrainians from Russian air terror.

Zelensky additional wrote that this was one other vital step following the US resolution to present precedence to Ukraine within the provide of air protection missiles. He was grateful to Biden for his management and to all associate nations for his or her dedication.

Biden cautious about look

The 81-year-old Biden appeared combative throughout his speech, which was interrupted a number of occasions by applause. He was clearly attempting to right the impression he had made within the televised debate in opposition to Republican challenger Donald Trump a great ten days in the past. In the primary televised debate, Biden had appeared erratic and at occasions absent. Members of his Democratic Party then questioned his capability to guide.

The NATO assembly comes on the top of the US election marketing campaign. Presidential elections will happen within the USA in November.