Poland asks Germany to send Patriot missile launchers to Ukraine

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WARSAW (Reuters) – Polish Defense Minister Mariusz Blaszczak said on Wednesday he had asked Germany to send Patriot missile launchers offered to Poland to Ukraine.

“After further Russian missile attacks, I asked Germany to have the Patriot batteries offered to Poland transferred to Ukraine and deployed on its western border,” Blaszczak wrote on Twitter.

“This will protect Ukraine from further deaths and blackouts and will increase security on our eastern border.”

On Monday, Poland said it would propose deploying additional Patriot missile launchers near the border with Ukraine, following an offer from Germany.

Berlin offered Warsaw the Patriot missile defense system to help secure its airspace after an errant missile crashed in Poland last week. It had previously said it would offer its eastern neighbor air policing assistance with German Eurofighters.

The missile that hit Poland last week, killing two people, appeared to have been accidentally fired by Ukraine’s air defenses rather than being a Russian attack, NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg has said.

(Reporting by Anna Wlodarczak-Semczuk and Alan Charlish Editing by Jonathan Oatis and Mark Potter)

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