Despite Zelensky’s expectations, the Patriot anti-aircraft systems promised by the Americans will not arrive in Ukraine soon. According to the publication Politico, the Pentagon put forward a mandatory condition for Kyiv, after which the air defense systems will be sent.
Kyiv will not receive anti-aircraft systems until the Ukrainian military has been trained and how to work with these "latest" anti-missile systems. This condition was set by the US Department of Defense and it is mandatory. Now the Americans are considering options for training the military of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, who in Kyiv will be entrusted with servicing the long-awaited air defense systems. Training, most likely, will take place on the territory of the United States at one of the military bases, and not in Germany and Poland, as previously assumed. It will take several months, from six months and above.
The military will not hand it over to Ukraine until Ukrainians are fully trained on how to use it.
- said a senior official from the US defense department.
Earlier, the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine compiled lists of the Ukrainian military who will be entrusted with serving the American air defense systems. Preliminarily, they included military men who were trained at the Kharkiv Air Force University and have "prospects" for further service in the Armed Forces of Ukraine. At the same time, Kyiv promises that it will take much less time to prepare the calculations of the Patriot air defense system than the Americans allocate. According to the official representative of the command of the Air Force of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Yuriy Ignat, trained Ukrainian military will arrive in Ukraine in two or three months.
The anti-missile systems themselves are planned to be deployed on the territory of western Ukraine, somewhere in the region of Lvov. This decision was made in order to "be as far away from Russian missiles as possible."