Germany is about to deploy additional Patriot system in Ukraine in winter
Germany predicts that the coming winter could be very difficult for Ukraine due to Russia's attacks on energy infrastructure. The German government helped Ukraine to defend itself against future attacks by providing 4 IRIS-T systems.
Also in winter, Germany will deploy another Patriot system in Ukraine. This was stated by German Ambassador to Ukraine Martin Jaeger in an interview with Ukrinform.
According to the diplomat, Germany shares Ukraine's concerns, which were formulated by Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba, who said that our country is currently preparing for the "worst winter in history."
"The situation in the winter may become very difficult. The Ukrainian side has done everything possible to prepare for this situation, and we have helped with the preparations.... Currently, 4 IRIS-T systems delivered from Germany are already in place. During his visit, the Minister announced that we will supply additional systems in the coming years... In addition to the mentioned IRIS-T systems, another Patriot system from Germany will be deployed here in the winter," Jaeger said.
He also noted that Germany has allocated funds to help prepare the Ukrainian power grid for winter.
"We supplied many generators and provided other support. Thus, we managed to make a significant impact on the situation. In both years, we paid a total of EUR 200 million to the Energy Support Fund, making us the largest contributor. The total amount of support last winter, including generators, amounted to 260 million euros, and for this year, for this winter, our support will reach about 300 million euros," said the German Ambassador to Ukraine, answering a journalist's question.
Earlier, German Vice Chancellor, Minister of Economy and Energy Robert Habeck assured that Germany would continue to support Ukraine with weapons, money, and reconstruction.
On November 21, German Defense Minister Boris Pistorius visited Ukraine. While in Kyiv, he announced a new €1.3 billion package of military aid to Kyiv, which will include, among other things, four IRIS-T systems, 20,000 155 mm shells, and anti-tank mines. Germany will not be transferring Taurus missiles to Ukraine yet.