Copyright © 2024 Euromaidanpress.com

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.

Pentagon Chief Austin rallies allies to deliver Patriot to Ukraine

The Pentagon chief has intensified efforts to persuade European nations to part with their Patriot batteries amid growing concerns over Ukraine’s dwindling air defense supplies.
The head of the Pentagon Lloyd Austin in Brussels, 2023. Photo: Depositphotos
Pentagon Chief Austin rallies allies to deliver Patriot to Ukraine

The head of the Pentagon, Lloyd Austin, asked countries with Patriot air defense missile systems to transfer them to Ukraine against the backdrop of its shortage of air defense supplies, European Pravda reported.

The head of the Pentagon did not specify with whom exactly he discussed aid to Ukraine. Still, it is known that in Europe, Patriot batteries are held by Spain, Greece, Germany, the Netherlands, Poland, and Sweden, among others.

Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said earlier in April that Ukraine has identified 100 air defense systems in allied countries and is asking to transfer at least seven of them to protect Ukrainian cities.

During a hearing at the US House of Representatives Armed Services Committee on 30 April, Austin recalled the Ukraine Defense Contact Group meeting last week, which focused on the issue of supplying air defense systems.

“Some countries have Patriots, and what we’re doing is continuing to negotiate with those countries. I spoke with the leaders of several countries over the past two weeks, encouraging them to give up more assets or provide more assets,” he said.

Of these countries, only Germany has recently announced the urgent transfer of one system.

The media previously reported that Greece and Spain are under strong pressure from their EU and NATO allies to provide Ukraine with additional air defense systems.

Ukraine received its first US-designed air defense system, Patriot, last summer. However, three Patriots are insufficient to defend the entire country against aerial bombardment as Russia has increased the size and the scale of the attacks on Ukraine since March

Read also:

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