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Slovakia hands over S-300 air defense system to Ukraine

2022-04-08 14:01

2022-04-08 14:01

Slovakia hands over S-300 air defense system to Ukraine
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Slovak Prime Minister Eduard Heger confirmed the news that the S-300 anti-aircraft defense system had been delivered to Ukraine. “We hope this organization will help save as many innocent Ukrainians as possible from the Putin regime’s occupation,” Heger wrote on a social network.

On Thursday night, Heger, along with European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and EU diplomat Josep Borrell, boarded a train from Przemyƛl to Kiev. According to Slovak sources, a meeting with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zhelensky is scheduled for the evening.

In a short video from a train bound for Kiev, Heger stated that the handover of the post-Soviet air and missile defense system was in accordance with Ukraine’s request for compliance with the UN Charter and the Russian invasion of Ukraine. He stressed that the organization had not been handed over as the Slovak Republic had become a party in the armed conflict in Ukraine. “I assure you that the security of the Slovak Republic is still secure and will be strengthened in the coming days by the additional anti-missile system of our allies,” the Prime Minister said.

Bratislava had previously announced his readiness to hand over the S-300, an organization well known to Ukrainian soldiers, but as Slovakia’s Defense Minister Jaroslav Knot announced, such a move would depend on the availability of modern anti-missile and anti-aircraft defenses. Settings from partners. In Slovakia, as part of a growing NATO war team, there are two Patriot batteries from Germany and the Netherlands. According to Knot, they cannot be considered an alternative to the S-300.

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Private television station Marquisa first reported that Slovakia had supplied the weapon to Ukraine. According to him, the S-300 was flown for two days with high hopes. This system destroys planes and rockets. In addition to self-propelled rocket launchers, the S-300 features radar and command post. Will be ready for use in five minutes.

Pyotr Gorecki (BAP)

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