Damage to Patriot battery in Kyiv fully repaired, Pentagon says
Patriot air defense system (Photo:Apocalypto321/Twitter)
The Patriot air defense system, which was damaged in the recent Russian hypersonic missile strike on Kyiv, has been completely repaired and is fully operational, U.S. Department of Defense spokesperson Sabrina Singh said at a press briefing on May 18.
Singh stated that one of the two Patriot systems in Ukraine sustained damage, but it has been fully restored. The White House initially didn’t confirm the battery was damaged in the first place.
Yuriy Ihnat, a spokesperson for the Ukrainian Air Force similarly reiterated that the Patriot system is still functioning.
On May 16, Russia attacked Kyiv with several dozen missiles, including six Kinzhal hypersonic ballistic missiles, as well as sea- and air-launched cruise ones. Ukrainian officials subsequently said that all enemy targets over Kyiv were successfully intercepted.
Several media reports later said that at least one component of a Patriot battery in the city has sustained damage in the attack, possibly from the debris downed Russian missiles, as they seemingly were targeting the air defense module itself.
Russia’s Defense Ministry eventually claimed the attack managed to destroy five Patriot AA missile launchers and a radar station.
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