The head of the office of the President of Ukraine, Andriy Yermak, wanted to deploy American Patriot anti-aircraft missile systems (SAM) in Ukraine. He stated this in an interview with Time magazine.
According to him, the Ukrainian authorities believe that the United States should deploy its air defense systems on the territory of the country. He also said that Ukraine is holding a defense against Russia “not only for its own sake, but also for the sake of the West.”
“But where is the US deploying its Patriot missiles? The nearest ones are in Poland. They should be here, ”Yermak said.
In turn, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in an interview with Time said that Russia was checking relations between Kiev and the West. According to him, Moscow wants to show that the West will hesitate to support Ukraine.
Another aggravation of the situation in Donbass began at the end of March. Ukraine and the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk People's Republics accuse each other of intensifying shelling, conducting reconnaissance activities and moving military equipment around the contact line. Against this background, the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine accused Russia of building up its military presence near the borders of the state. In response, the press secretary of the Russian president, Dmitry Peskov, said that Russian troops were stationed in those parts of the country where it was appropriate.