Ukraine may be provided with additional Patriot missile defense systems based on the level of preparation of its armed forces, U.S. Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (D-OH) said in an interview with the Voice of America’s Russian service on Jan. 17.
“I believe that one of the most important aspects related to complex weapons systems similar to this is to obtain proper preparation by those who will (operate) them,” she said.
“This has to happen gradually.”
Kaptur said, “no one should count on a miracle that will happen in one night.”
“But, I think, both the Ukrainian and the U.S. military understand what efforts they need to make,” she said.
The U.S. official said that she had been very impressed with the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
“I don’t think that I know anyone who would expect that the Ukrainian soldiers could not only last 11 months, but also regain their territories and those settlements that were captured by Russia back in 2014,” Kaptur said.
“Both the Ukrainian people and their military inspire confidence. And I know the world will find a way to help Ukraine win this war.”
On Dec. 21, 2022, the White House announced a $1.85 billion military aid package for Ukraine, which for the first time included a Patriot missile defense battery. According to Pentagon officials, it would take several months for Ukrainian forces to be properly trained to operate the system.
About 100 Ukrainian soldiers arrived in the United States on Jan. 16 for training on the Patriot systems.