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Poland may transfer Soviet air defense missiles to Ukraine - Duda

Poland may transfer Soviet air defense missiles to Ukraine - Duda Photo: Andrzej Duda, President of Poland (Vitalii Nosach, RBC-Ukraine)
Author: Daryna Vialko

Poland has certain stocks of air defense missiles from Soviet times that could be transferred to Ukraine, states Polish President Andrzej Duda during a press conference with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda.

Duda noted that he has already discussed the missile issue with his Ukrainian counterpart, Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

"Poland has them in its stocks. And we have discussed the possibility of transferring them to Ukraine to provide air defense for Ukraine. I will talk to my defense minister when I return to Warsaw," he added.

Air defense systems for Ukraine

At the end of February, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy stated that the transfer of ten Patriot air defense missile systems to Ukraine would significantly impact the situation in the war with Russia. He noted that 25 systems with 6-8 batteries each would be needed to completely cover the sky.

Meanwhile, Air Force spokesman Illia Yevlash explained what Ukraine needs to build an echeloned air defense system.

As the Ukrainian President emphasized, Russian dictator Vladimir Putin has been trying to destroy the energy sector of Ukraine in recent years, and it is therefore important to prevent his plans.