Why the US Is Giving Ukraine a Patriot Air-Defense System

Russia has been pounding Ukraine’s civilian infrastructure with missiles and drones, leaving large swaths of the population without power as winter temperatures dropped. Now the US has decided to supply Ukraine with one of its signature forms of air defense, a Patriot missile system. The missiles are unlikely to end the attacks, but both Ukraine and Russia made clear they viewed the decision as important — as a symbol of Western engagement in the conflict, at the least.


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