The Polish defence minister has asked Germany to give Ukraine the Patriot air defence system Berlin offered to Poland after a fatal missile blast killed two Poles last week.
The German government offered Poland the Patriots to help it secure its airspace after a stray missile crashed near the Polish village of Przewodów close to the Ukrainian border last week.
Poland says the missile was likely a Ukrainian air-defence rocket that went rogue.
“After further missile attacks by Russia [against Ukraine], I asked the German side to pass the Patriot batteries that it had offered to Poland to Ukraine instead, and deploy them on their western border,” Mariusz Błaszczak wrote on Twitter.
“This will help Ukraine prevent further casualties and power cuts as well as increase the security of our eastern border,” he added.
⚡️Poland asks Germany to send Patriot missile launchers to Ukraine.— The Kyiv Independent (@KyivIndependent) November 24, 2022
Polish Defense Minister Mariusz Blaszczak said on Nov. 23 he had asked Germany to send Patriot missile launchers offered to Poland to western Ukraine.