Explaining complex things in simple words: Russian attacks, demand for Patriot systems

Explaining complex things in simple words: Russian attacks, demand for Patriot systems

The Center for Strategic Communication and Information Security pursues efforts to provide a brief explanation to foreign audiences on the current topics of particular interest as regards Ukraine. 


On the night of April 11, the enemy once again attacked critical infrastructure with missiles and drones in Kyiv, Kharkiv, Lviv, Zaporizhzhia, and Odesa oblasts.

In spring, the enemy resumed massive shelling of the Ukrainian energy sector. Russia seeks not only to stop the Ukrainian industry, but also to destroy thermal generation facilities to significantly complicate Ukraine's next heating season.

The current wave of missile terror is causing more destruction than in previous years. The total losses of the power system from Russian shelling have already exceeded EUR 11 billion. The restoration of destroyed TPPs requires countless resources, both time and money.

By continuously shelling Kharkiv, Russian troops are seeking to create a humanitarian catastrophe in Ukraine's second-largest city.

Russian troops create preconditions for humanitarian crises, both in the territories controlled by Ukraine and in the temporarily occupied territories. This is a genocidal war against the Ukrainian people.

To thwart the Kremlin's malign intentions, Ukraine must maintain resilience, aided by investment in air defence and assistance in rapidly rebuilding destroyed infrastructure.


The priority needs of Ukraine are at least 7 additional Patriot batteries.

Currently, there are more than 100 unused such systems in Europe.

These are not scarce or rare weapons.

Ukraine is the only place in the world where Patriot systems are needed right now for their intended use. There are no options other than modern air defence systems to protect our cities in Ukraine effectively.

Ukrainians not only absolutely mastered the operation of Patriot systems, but also constantly demonstrate the ability to use this modern air defence system with maximum efficiency.

Kyiv is considering various options for getting Patriot batteries, including lease. This is a matter of life and death, so bargaining is inappropriate.

Center for Strategic Communication and Information Security.

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