Patriot Missiles Mark Major US Escalation in Ukraine/Russia Conflict

December 14th, 2022 - by Tyler Durden / ZeroHedge

US Set To Send Ukraine
Patriot Missiles In Major Escalation 

Tyler Durden / ZeroHedge

(December 13, 2022) — CNN’s chief Pentagon correspondent is reporting the breaking news based on multiple anonymous US defense officials — including a senior Biden administration official — that the White House is currently finalizing plans to send Patriot missile defense systems to Ukraine.

“The Biden administration is finalizing plans to send the Patriot missile defense system to Ukraine that could be announced as soon as this week, according to two US officials and a senior administration official,” CNN writes. “The three officials told CNN that approval is expected.”

Patriot missile battery

If approved, this could be a tipping point in the conflict leading to direct confrontation between nuclear-armed powers given transfer of Patriots would mark the longest-range missiles sent to Ukraine thus far.

Washington has so far been reluctant, despite Kiev officials since nearly the start of the invasion making repeat pleas for the US to help “close the sky” — as President Zelensky many months ago urged Congress.

As The Guardian reviewed of the dangers involved in sending the Patriot:
“Long sought by the Ukrainians, the missiles have a range of up to 300km, but so far the US and its allies, including the UK, have declined to supply them because they could be used to hit targets inside Russia. Supplying them would help “bring the war to an end as soon as possible,” Johnson said.

Patriots have long been deployed in neighboring Poland, but Ukrainian leaders have been persistent in requesting them on their own soil amid a major uptick in recent Russian aerial attacks. Former UK prime minister Boris Johnson this week urged in a Wall Street Journal op-ed for the West to get serious about supplying Patriots and other anti-air systems, even including military aircraft.

It’s likely to take some time to deploy the Patriots, given Ukrainians are expected to be trained on operating the sophisticated systems at the US Army base in Grafenwoehr, Germany, per officials cited by CNN. In the meantime Moscow is likely to react fiercely to the news, which could result in more intense and escalatory airstrikes on Ukrainian cities, and command and control bases. Washington, for its part will likely emphasize the purely “defensive” nature of the Patriot systems.

Steven Staar — The US will send US or NATO troops (out of uniform) to operate these systems, just as they have with HIMARS, etc, because it takes a long time to master these systems.  The targeting information for the missiles will be supplied by the US, which it collects and distributes 24/7 to the Ukraine military.

If these missiles are used to hit targets in Russia, it will be done on the orders from Washington, using US weapons operated by US/NATO troops on the basis of real time intelligence/recon data from US satellite or AWACS systems.

Would not this constitute a clear and egregious act of war by the US against Russia?

I think Russia may act soon to cut off the flow of these arms, which are all routed through Poland.

Will the US decide that is its excuse to enter the war?

The US absolutely lacks the ability to wage a conventional war against Russia; see this video by Brian Berlectic at the New Atlas channel on YouTube, which details this situation:

What this means is that Russia would rapidly crush any US/NATO force entering Ukraine.  The US would either have to completely retreat, surrender, or resort to the use of nuclear weapons.  That would mean full-scale nuclear war.

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