Ukraine confirms Pentagon considers providing Patriot, Javelin missiles
Today the Ukrainian press reports that during Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s trip to the nation yesterday he vowed Washington would give heed to Kiev’s request for additional weapons for the war in the Donbass and for a potential conflict with its Russian neighbor.
UNIAN relates that when asked about American weapons, including Patriot anti-ballistic missile batteries, being provided to Ukraine, Blinken responded, “the U.S., of course, would consider any request since the Pentagon remains Ukraine’s key partner.”
Last month Ukraine’s Head of the President’s Office Andriy Yermak requested the U.S. deploy to his nation MIM-104 Patriot batteries of the sort the Pentagon sold to Poland. In 2018 Poland purchased a Patriot system for $4.8 billion which included four radar sets, sixteen launching stations, 208 PAC-3 Missile Segment Enhancement (MSE) and related equipment. In 2010 the Pentagon deployed Patriot missile batteries and troops to man them to Morag in Poland, only forty miles from the Russian border.
Other weapons discussed according to the report were air defense weapons and anti-sniper technology. There is also discussion of the Pentagon supplying more Javelin anti-tank missiles and munitions in addition to the 210 missiles and 37 launchers provided two years ago.
Another Ukrainian news source today quotes Blinken stating: “Of course, we consider every request. Pentagon is Ukraine’s key partner. Today, we think of what kind of extra aid – apart from the very considerable assistance we already provided, including the equipment, would be useful for Ukraine at this actual point. This matter is on the stage of active consideration.”
The U.S. Senate is poised to add $300 million worth of lethal and non-lethal weaponry to Ukraine to the $125 million the Pentagon has provided so far this year.