Copyright © 2024

The work of Euromaidan Press is supported by the International Renaissance Foundation

When referencing our materials, please include an active hyperlink to the Euromaidan Press material and a maximum 500-character extract of the story. To reprint anything longer, written permission must be acquired from [email protected].

Privacy and Cookie Policies.

Ukraine needs 12 Patriot systems to protect all territory – Zelenskyy staffer

Adviser Mykhailo Podoliak contends bolstering Ukraine’s air defenses now is cheaper than rebuilding later as Russia batters civilian areas
Patriot ukraine air defense
Patriot SAMs in Ukraine. Photo: Oleksiy Reznikov via X
Ukraine needs 12 Patriot systems to protect all territory – Zelenskyy staffer

Ukraine requires a significant increase in air defense systems, including up to 12 Patriot launchers, to defend all its major cities from Russian missile threats, Mykhailo Podoliak, a key adviser to President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, told The Guardian.

Podoliak stated that recent strikes on Odesa demonstrated Russia’s strategy of using overwhelming drone and missile barrages to overwhelm Ukrainian air defenses. “Russia’s tactics are clear: they use massive drone attacks to overload our anti-aircraft systems and then in parallel they have a window of opportunity to use ballistic missiles to target infrastructure,” he remarked.

While sophisticated, multilayered defenses have repelled Russian aerial assaults on Kyiv, other cities like Odesa remain vulnerable. Podoliak noted that Ukraine currently has just two Patriot systems, one from the US and one from Germany, which are unable to counter modern Russian missiles. “We don’t have enough modern anti-aircraft systems like Patriot, that are able to hit the latest generation Russian missiles like Oniks and Kinzhal,” he explained.

As Russia intensifies attacks on civilian infrastructure, Podoliak argued procuring more air defense is urgently needed both militarily and economically. “It will be a lot more expensive to fix all of this later than to provide a Patriot system to defend the south,” he said.

Meanwhile, Ukraine’s army continues its counteroffensive to dislodge entrenched Russian forces from occupied areas. Progress has been slow thus far, but Podoliak dismissed notions that lack of gains could spur pressure for Ukraine to negotiate a settlement.

Podoliak contended Russia’s strikes aimed to create “Ukraine fatigue” and prod Kyiv’s allies into pushing negotiations. However, he said Zelensky is convincing Western leaders supporting Ukraine remains sensible financially and morally. Ukraine is requesting specific weapons to assist its counteroffensive against fortified Russian troops.

“We understand that if you are a long way away from the war and your electorate is saying internal prices are more important it’s hard to think about war,” Podoliak remarked, while arguing a “frozen conflict” is costlier long-term than helping Ukraine prevail.

You could close this page. Or you could join our community and help us produce more materials like this.  We keep our reporting open and accessible to everyone because we believe in the power of free information. This is why our small, cost-effective team depends on the support of readers like you to bring deliver timely news, quality analysis, and on-the-ground reports about Russia's war against Ukraine and Ukraine's struggle to build a democratic society. A little bit goes a long way: for as little as the cost of one cup of coffee a month, you can help build bridges between Ukraine and the rest of the world, plus become a co-creator and vote for topics we should cover next. Become a patron or see other ways to support. Become a Patron!

To suggest a correction or clarification, write to us here

You can also highlight the text and press Ctrl + Enter

Please leave your suggestions or corrections here

    Euromaidan Press

    We are an independent media outlet that relies solely on advertising revenue to sustain itself. We do not endorse or promote any products or services for financial gain. Therefore, we kindly ask for your support by disabling your ad blocker. Your assistance helps us continue providing quality content. Thank you!

    Related Posts