Pentagon Press Sec. Says Ukrainian Forces To Start Training On U.S. Air Defense System On American Soil Next Week

UNITED STATES - JULY 3: Aerial view of the Pentagon on July 3, 2022. (Bill Clark/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images)

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  • Ryder further noted the Patriot would contribute to the air defense capabilities of Ukraine as part of a broader effort by the United States and the international community to provide Ukraine with the air defense capabilities that it needs to defend its population and its armed forces.
  • “It’s something that will enable them to take down … ballistic missiles, adversary aircraft; [it’s] really up to them on how they employ it,” he said.
  • The announcement comes less than a month after the Biden administration said it would provide another $1.85 billion in military aid to Ukraine, which included the Patriot air defense system that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy asserts the country needs to defend itself from Russian attacks.

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