The government in Warsaw asked Germany to send Patriot missiles to western Ukraine instead of Poland after another series of Russian attacks forced emergency blackouts amid below-zero temperatures.
Germany made the offer to station surface-to-air Patriots in Poland less than a week after a missile strike killed two people in a village close to the border with Ukraine, raising fears of a significant escalation between Nato and Russia nine months after President Vladimir Putin launched the invasion of Ukraine. Now, Polish Defense Minister Mariusz Blaszczak asked to move the weapons even further east.
“After further attacks by Russia I asked Germany to send Patriot missiles to Ukraine and deploy them at the western border,” Blaszczak tweeted late on Wednesday. “That should protect Ukraine from further casualties and blackouts and will increase security at our eastern border.”