Ukraine needs at least 20 Patriot air defense batteries, says military expert

30 April, 12:56 PM
Patriot air defense system (Photo:Apocalypto321/Twitter)

Patriot air defense system (Photo:Apocalypto321/Twitter)

Ukraine needs at least 20 Patriot air defense batteries to protect itself from Russian strikes, military expert and former spokesman for the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Vladyslav Seleznyov said in an interview with Radio NV on April 27.

“President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy said: it's great that we received two Patriot batteries from our Western partners, but it's not enough," Seleznyov told Radio NV. “We need at least 20 of these systems.”

The military expert said one Patriot division is capable of covering one city with a population of one million "with a fairly high degree of efficiency and quality for closing the sky."

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“Again, an air defense system is effective and efficient when it consists of different components and is able to cover different types of enemy missiles: ballistic missiles (we are talking primarily about modern Patriot air defense systems), cruise missiles, kamikaze drones,” Seleznyov said.

Earlier, Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov said that he could not confirm or deny the use of Patriot missile systems during the massive Russian missile attack on April 28.

“I won't tell you whether they were used at night, because then it will be clear where they are,” the minister said. “If Air Force Command decides to say that they used them somewhere, then we will inform you.”

NV reported on April 29 that Patriot air defense systems from the United States, the Netherlands, and Germany had already arrived in Ukraine.

The Ukrainian Air Force reported on April 23 that the first Patriot air defense battery had been put on combat duty.

The second Patriot battery began combat duty in Ukraine on April 27, the air force said.

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