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US Reveals More Details of Patriot Handover to Ukraine

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The Biden administration has confirmed the US will provide Ukraine with the Patriot air defense system.

Washington also revealed Ukrainian troops would be trained in the use of the sophisticated weapon in a third country, without elaborating on where exactly it would take place.

On Wednesday, the White House released a transcript of a Q&A session with the media which had taken place the previous day via teleconference, and was devoted to Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky’s upcoming visit to Washington.

Taking part in the event was an unnamed White House staffer, described in the document simply as a “senior administration official.

Speaking to journalists, he revealed President Biden would “announce a significant new package of nearly $2 billion of security assistance” for Kiev during the meeting of the two leaders.

Among the weapons to be provided is a Patriot missile battery, which the official singled out as a “very important new capability.

He added that the US “will train Ukrainian forces on how to operate the Patriot missile battery in a third country.

The official also stressed that on top of the said system, the Biden administration will continue to supply other air defense equipment as well.

Several media outlets, including the Associated Press and the BBC, had previously reported that the training could take several weeks and “is expected to be done at the Grafenwoehr training area in Germany.

Information suggesting that the US was planning to hand over Patriots to Ukraine appeared in the media last week.

Kiev has been requesting this particular air defense system since Russia intensified its missile and drone strikes on Ukraine’s power grid and critical infrastructure in early October.

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