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Polish defense department head says first Patriot batteries already arrived in Ukraine

KYIV. March 7 (Interfax-Ukraine) – The first batteries of Patriot anti-aircraft missile systems have already arrived in Ukraine, Polish Defense Minister Mariusz Błaszczak said in an interview with the Spanish newspaper La Razon.

“Due to the efforts of Poland, in particular, Patriot batteries or the first Leopard tanks arrived in Ukraine,” Błaszczak said, answering a question about whether Poland would insist on providing Kyiv with all the weapons it needs.

At the same time, he did not disclose any additional details regarding the arrival of the air defense system in Ukraine.

“Only our joint actions – the actions of the entire free world – can tip the balance of this unjust conflict on the right side,” Błaszczak said.

Speaking about the possibility of transferring Western aviation to Ukraine, he said “decisions on this issue should be made at a broader allied level.”

In January, the Pentagon announced a training course for the Ukrainian military to use the Patriot air defense system. Earlier, on December 21, 2022, U.S. President Joe Biden announced the allocation of about another $1 billion to help Ukraine. As part of this package, the United States decided to send a battery of Patriot air defense systems to Kyiv, as well as train Ukrainian military personnel to operate this air defense system.