Germany boosts military aid to Ukraine with additional Patriot system and €500 million

Patriot air defense system
Patriot air defense system

Germany is enhancing its military support for Ukraine with the addition of another Patriot air defense system and an additional €500 million ($543 million), according to Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock, who announced the new package on May 31.

"Strengthening Ukraine's air defense remains crucial… Together, we must maintain our steadfast support and commitment," Baerbock stated, emphasizing that under international law, nations under attack have both the right and the obligation to defend their territory and protect their citizens.

This follows an earlier announcement of €500 millions in aid made by German Defense Minister Boris Pistorius during his unannounced visit to the city of Odesa on May 30 to meet with his Ukrainian counterpart Rustem Umerov.

Earlier in the day, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said that Kyiv had signed 12 bilateral security agreements with its international partners totaling more than $23 billion in direct military aid.

The agreements include various modes of defense cooperation, support for Ukraine’s accession to the European Union and NATO, and participation in attracting a broad array of world leaders to the upcoming Global Peace Summit in Switzerland.

On May 24, Germany delivered another IRIS-T SLM air defense system to Ukraine, strengthening Kyiv's capabilities of intercepting Russian cruise missiles.

On May 18, the German newspaper Bild wrote that the country’s Defense Ministry had requested the government for an additional €3.8 billion ($4.14 billion) in military aid for Ukraine.

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