We're hearing from across the pond that a number of US Department of Defense officials including at least one member of the Biden administration, that the White House is currently finalizing plans to supply the sophisticated 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 reported.
If this latest insanity goes ahead it couple be the tipping point that escalates the so far local conflict into a confrontation between military superpowers. Installing Patriots in Ukrain would give the neo - Nazi nutters in Kiev unprecedented ability to launch attacks on targets deep inside Russia. The missiles, intended for use against airborne targets, would be the longest-range missiles sent to Ukraine thus far and could easily be adapted to strike terrestrial targets.
Washington has so far been reluctant to supply long range missiles, despite Kiev officials since nearly the start of the invasion making almost daily pleas pleas for the US to help "close the sky" - as President Zelensky many months ago urged Congress by providing long range ground to air missiles, and piloted, nuclear capable aircraft .
Patriots are deployed in neighboring Poland, but Ukrainian leaders have been clamouring to have the missile systems them on their own soil amid a major escalation in recent Russian aerial attacks targeting electricity, water and telecommunications infrastructure. Former UK prime minister Boris Johnson,, one of the top salesmen for World War Three this week urged in a Wall Street Journal article that the West supply Patriots and other anti-air systems even including military aircraft. Supplying them would help "bring the war to an end as soon as possible", Johnson claimed.
Moscow is unlikely to react positively to the this latest provocation, 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, although as Russia has not made use of its air superiority and is using Kamikaze drones which fly below the radar is is difficult to see what Ukrainian forced could defend with them.