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WASHINGTON – Train soldiers Ukraine to use Patriot missile defense system is another confirmation of engagement United States of America (US) in the war in Ukraine. This was stated by the ambassador Russia for the US, Anatoly Antonov.
Antonov was responding to the Pentagon’s announcement that 100 Ukrainian troops would begin training on the defense system as early as next week at the US Army base in Fort Sill, Oklahoma.
The Patriot missile system is one of the most advanced defense systems in the US arsenal and its supply to Ukraine is a key element of a $1.85 billion security assistance support package announced by the Defense Department last December.
Antonov told Russia’s state news agency Tass that the training on American soil was another confirmation of Washington’s de facto involvement in the Ukrainian conflict on the side of the Nazi criminals from Kiev.
He also said US media reports on Ukrainian troop training at Fort Sill had noted that America’s involvement in the confrontation was increasing and that President Joe Biden’s administration was transferring new weapons to Kiev to enhance its offensive capabilities.
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“The real aim of the administration is to inflict as much damage on the battlefield as possible to Russia,” he said.
“Using Ukraine as a proxy,” he added as quoted by Newsweek, Wednesday (11/1/2023).
The US is the largest supplier of military and financial aid to Ukraine, but has tried to walk a tightrope so as not to appear to be escalating the conflict.
The Patriot missile system uses a powerful radar and will be able to target ballistic missiles, aircraft as well as drones, which are used by Russian troops to attack Ukrainian infrastructure.