“We offered Poland support with securing the airspace – using our Eurofighter fighters and Patriot air defense systems,” said Lambrechtová. A spokesman for the German Ministry of Defense already spoke about the offer of Eurofigher machines on Wednesday.
On Tuesday, the eastern Polish village of Przewodów, which lies near the Ukrainian border, was hit by a rocket, killing two men. It was initially believed to be a missile fired from Russia. On the same day, Moscow massively bombarded the entire territory of Ukraine in an attempt to disable its energy infrastructure. On Wednesday, representatives of Poland and the North Atlantic Alliance said that it was probably a Ukrainian air defense missile that was trying to neutralize a Russian missile. Kyiv initially insisted that the rocket was fired by Russia, but Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyi admitted on Thursday that he does not know with 100% certainty what happened in eastern Poland.
Zelenskyy toned down his claims about the missile in Poland
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West Germany had 36 Patriot systems at its disposal during the so-called Cold War, but now, according to Reuters, the Bundeswehr has only 12. Germany sent two of them to Slovakia not long after the beginning of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. On Tuesday, the Ministry of Defense in Berlin announced that Lambrecht had decided to extend the mission in Slovakia until at least the end of 2023. The spokesman then added that the continuation of the mission in 2024 is not ruled out.
NATO is trying to strengthen its air defense in connection with the war in Ukraine. In mid-October, more than a dozen member countries, including the Czech Republic and Slovakia, joined the German initiative and signed a declaration of intent to jointly purchase air defense systems.
The Russians fired a missile intended for a nuclear attack on Ukraine. She was uncharged
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