The Pentagon said that the Ukrainian military mastered Patriot air defense ahead of schedule

The Pentagon said that the Ukrainian military mastered the Patriot air defense systems ahead of schedule. This will speed up the transfer of anti-aircraft missile systems to Kyiv, RIA Novosti quotes a statement by US Department of Defense spokesman Patrick Ryder.

At the same time, he did not name the timing of the supply of American systems to Ukraine. According to him, the Ukrainian fighters completed the course faster than expected, thanks to “their ability and desire.”

On January 10, the Pentagon announced the beginning of the preparation of the Ukrainian military for the use of Patriot air defense. It was planned to train from 90 to 100 Ukrainian servicemen. Initially, training at the American military base in Oklahoma was supposed to last ten weeks, then the training course was reduced to eight.

As Parlamentskaya Gazeta wrote, on December 21, the United States announced a new $1.8 billion military aid package for Ukraine, which would include deliveries of Patriot air defense systems. Russian President Vladimir Putin said that Russia will “click” the Patriot anti-aircraft missile systems that the United States will supply to Ukraine.

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