Pentagon Team Has Returned From Assessing Ukraine’s Air Defense Needs

January 3, 2022

The Warzone:

A small Department of Defense team recently returned from Ukraine after a trip to that country to discuss and evaluate its air and missile defense needs. This comes as Ukrainian officials continue to warn that Russia could be just weeks away from launching a new major military intervention against their country, which might involve a flurry of air and missile strikes that they currently have relatively limited capabilities to defend against. 

Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby mentioned the team’s return at a press conference earlier today, but did not have any further details to share about the results of the trip. Air Force Magazine, citing a senior Ukrainian defense official, reported that the team was on the ground earlier this month, but is not entirely clear when they first arrived. The group was also in the country to discuss Ukraine’s ability to respond to Russian navalelectronic warfare, and cyber warfare threats, not just air and missile defenses, according to that outlet…

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