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Putin’s Threat: “Russia Will Knock Down the Patriot System” in Ukraine

Soldiers from 69th Air Defense Artillery Brigade conducted Patriot Missile live fire training, November 5, at McGregor Range Complex on Fort Bliss. The live fire exercise was conducted jointly with Air Defense counterparts from the Japanese Self-Defense Force. (U.S. Army Photo by Staff Sgt. Ian Vega-Cerezo)

Putin Is Preparing for Patriot Missiles to Arrive In Ukraine: Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy teased major new developments in obtaining advanced air defense systems from Western allies last week during a nightly address to the nation.

His comments followed reports that the United States was considering sending Patriot missile systems to Ukraine, and during the Ukrainian president’s trip to Washington, D.C., this week, those plans were confirmed.

During a background press call on Tuesday, a senior White House official confirmed that President Joe Biden would announce the delivery of a new aid package worth almost $2 billion – since confirmed to be worth $1.85 billion – which would include Patriot missile systems.

“President Biden will announce a significant new package of nearly $2 billion of security assistance for Ukraine. It will contain a very important new capability: a Patriot missile battery, which will be a critical asset to defend the Ukrainian people against Russia’s barbaric attacks on Ukraine’s critical infrastructure,” the official said, adding that the U.S. military intends to train Ukrainian troops on how to operate the system in a third country.

“This will take some time, but Ukrainian troops will take that training back to their country to operate this battery.”

The White House also confirmed that other forms of air defense will still be provided to Ukraine, including HAWKs, Stingers, NASAMS, and counter-UAV equipment.

Soon after the delivery of these new, advanced missile systems to Ukraine was confirmed, Russian President Vladimir Putin expressed confidence that they would not change the dynamics of the war.

What Putin Said

Speaking to reporters on Thursday, Russian President Vladimir Putin played down the threat of Patriot missiles and insisted that the delivery of new weapons to Ukraine would not stop Russia from achieving its military goals in Ukraine.

Putin even argued that the Patriot system was “old” – a statement some might describe as ironic given Russia’s increasing reliance on decades-old ammunition.

“The Patriot air defence is outdated. An antidote will always be found … Russia will knock down the Patriot system,” Putin said.

Putin’s public position on the delivery of Patriot missiles to Ukraine is markedly different from threats made by Kremlin officials earlier this month, however. When rumors of potential Patriot deliveries began to circulate, Russia warned of “consequences” if the plan went ahead, in a failed effort at deterring the United States from sending them. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov also promised that Russian forces would “undoubtedly” target the systems if they arrive in Ukraine.

Jack Buckby is 19FortyFive’s Breaking News Editor.

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Jack Buckby is 19FortyFive's Breaking News Editor. He is a British author, counter-extremism researcher, and journalist based in New York. Reporting on the U.K., Europe, and the U.S., he works to analyze and understand left-wing and right-wing radicalization, and reports on Western governments’ approaches to the pressing issues of today. His books and research papers explore these themes and propose pragmatic solutions to our increasingly polarized society.