Patriot Missile Success in Ukraine Has Shocked Even the Pentagon–Kyiv

May 26, 2023


Ukraine’s success with U.S.-made Patriot anti-aircraft missile systems in the war with Russia has shocked even the Pentagon, according to a military analyst.

Ivan Kirichevskiy, an expert at military media and consulting company Defense Express, weighed in on Kyiv’s use of the advanced missile system in an interview with Ukraine’s Radio NV. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky had been requesting the crucial defense system for months before it finally arrived.

Washington agreed in October 2022 to send Kyiv the Patriot missile systems, which can target aircraft, cruise missiles and shorter-range ballistic missiles. Zelensky said they could help counter Russian strikes on its energy infrastructure and residential areas. Germany and the Netherlands also committed to sending Patriot systems to Ukraine.

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