Kyiv: ‘In ten minutes, Russia can hit Athens with a Kinzhal’

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“The Kyiv regime, in yet another attempt to drag the rest of Europe along with it in the war it is waging against Russia, continues its propaganda of terror” said the Greek media outlet ProNews, citing a tweet shared on the social network X [formerly Twitter] by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine.

The post suggests that Athens is identified as one of the potential targets of the Russian Kh-47M2 Kinzhal [Dagger] missile. The Ministry shared a photo collage indicating that this missile system could reach the Greek capital within 10 minutes if launched by Russia.

“Every country appreciates the value of protecting human life. However, Russian terror knows no bounds. The war may seem far from most European capitals, but it is no further than the range of Dagger missiles,” Zelenskiy’s foreign ministry said in its publication, alongside a map marking Athens among Dagger targets.

“Of course, the post of the Ukrainian ministry does not aim to protect the Europeans or Athens. What worries them is the delivery of new anti-aircraft missiles from Greece,” wrote the Greek media.

However, the publication of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs does not stop with such a statement. She continues: “Strengthening Ukraine’s anti-aircraft capabilities will also contribute to European security.”

Ukraine has recently acquired several air defense systems aimed at safeguarding both Europeans and the shared airspace. This move is strategic, as Kyiv aims to present a unified stance against Russia, emphasizing the notion of a “common sky.”

Following the EU’s announcement of allocating €300 billion seized from Russia to support Ukraine’s reconstruction and military requirements, and President Ursula von der Leyen’s statement highlighting that this funding will enhance the safety of Ukraine and all of Europe, Russia has issued a nuclear alert.

This alert particularly pertains to nuclear weapons deployment in the Western and Northern Military Districts. It primarily affects the loading of nuclear warheads onto Su-34 sub-strategic fighters, Tu-22M strategic bombers, Kh-47M2 Kinzhal hypersonic missiles, and Iskander-M missiles being transferred to Belarus. These missiles can reach Warsaw, Berlin, Kyiv, and Athens within a matter of minutes.

BulgarianMilitary.com recalls that Germany was the first to respond to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s call for the supply of air defense systems for Ukraine. As the Western media say, all it took was a phone call and a conversation with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, who announced an “immediate delivery” of a Patriot.

A little later in April, Berlin announced that it would also deliver new IRIS-T systems for the needs of the Ukrainian air defense, but this delivery would take the time needed to manufacture them.

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Greece has officially refused to provide Ukraine with anti-aircraft systems, either the Patriot or the S-300, despite pressure from Washington. Pavlos Marinakis, the representative of Greece’s Cabinet of Ministers, firmly stated that they would not take any actions endangering the nation’s deterrent capability and air defense. He added that he wasn’t informed of any Washington plans to aid Athens in providing Patriots to the Ukrainian army.

At the same time, however, Romania is very close to such a delivery, as the military in Bucharest confirmed that an option to deliver one Patriot, which is “almost operationally ready”, is being discussed. I.e. Romania already has activated Patriots on the territory of the country, and most likely it is about the upcoming delivery of the next Patriot system from Lockheed Martin.

Greece employs a diverse array of air defense systems, not relying solely on the Patriot anti-aircraft system. Alongside the Russian S-300 system, capable of detecting and intercepting multiple targets across significant distances, they utilize the TOR-M1 system for defense against various aerial threats at shorter ranges.

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In addition to Russian technology, Greece also incorporates the French-made Crotale NG systems, designed specifically to counter low-altitude aircraft and helicopters. They also utilize the ASRAD-R system from Germany, a portable air defense system adaptable to various platforms, ensuring defense for both mobile units and stationary installations.

Furthermore, Greece utilizes the Skyguard system, a Swiss innovation, for ground-based air defense against low-altitude threats like aircraft, helicopters, and drones. This diverse range of defensive equipment underscores Greece’s commitment to comprehensive air defense capabilities.

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