‘We’re sending S-300 SAMs to the citizens of Ukraine’ – Slovakia
BRATISLAVA, ($1=0.92 Euros) — Slovakia is sending its S-300 anti-aircraft missile systems to Ukraine and “its innocent citizens, believing that this system will help save the lives of as many innocent Ukrainians as possible,” Slovak Prime Minister Eduard Heger wrote in a Facebook post.
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BulgarianMilitary.com recalls that on March 20, Slovakia received Patriot systems from NATO members Germany and the Netherlands, which were deployed in Slovakia to strengthen the country’s air defense. Slovak officials then announced that the deployment of these air defense systems was not a substitute for their S-300s. Slovakia expressed a desire in March to provide its air defense systems only if it receives an equivalent from Western partners.
The White House later announced that the United States was sending its own S-300 air defense systems, purchased during the Cold War and the collapse of the Soviet Union. BulgarianMilitary.com has learned that these systems have not yet arrived in Ukraine.
Last week, the White House announced that the deployment of Slovak S-300 air defense systems to Ukraine “is under negotiation.” An agreement has apparently been reached between the United States and Slovakia, and the European country will likely acquire American Patriot systems. It remains unknown in what form this acquisition will take place. Will the United States “donate” Patriot systems in exchange for S-300s leaving for Ukraine, or will Washington make a huge concession to Bratislava to buy new systems?
There is a third possibility, and that is with Germany. It is no secret that Germany is upgrading its existing Patriot systems to the last possible level, as we wrote earlier, and that it is looking for opportunities to increase its army’s combat capability against long-range missiles. In this case, Germany may agree to leave the deployed Patriot systems in Slovakia and also receive a huge return from subsequent orders to the United States and Israel.
Prime Minister Eduard Heger said Slovakia had given its S-300 air defense system to Ukraine to help defend itself against Russian attacks.
2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine
On 21 February 2022, the Russian government claimed that Ukrainian shelling had destroyed an FSB border facility on the Russia Ukraine border, and claimed that it had killed 5 Ukrainian soldiers who tried to cross into Russian territory. Ukraine denied being involved in both incidents and called them a false flag.
On the same day, the Russian government formally recognized the self-proclaimed DPR and LPR as independent states, according to Putin not only in their de-facto controlled areas, but the Ukrainian Oblasts as a whole, and Putin ordered Russian troops, including tanks, to enter the regions.
On 24 February 2022, Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered an invasion of Ukraine by Russian Armed Forces previously concentrated along the border. The invasion followed by targeted airstrikes of military buildings in the country, as well as tanks entering via the Belarus border.
Russia has so far not recognized the invasion of Ukraine as a “war”, although that is exactly what it is, claiming that it is a “special military operation”. According to the UN, in which Russia has its permanent representation, for military action to be defined as a “special military operation”, it must have a resolution issued by the UN. There is no such resolution, which automatically defines the military actions of the Russians as an invasion and war against the citizens of Ukraine.
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