Russian damage to US-made Patriot system in Ukraine was 'minor' and it has already been fixed, Pentagon says
- Russia launched a massive missile attack on Ukraine earlier this week.
- The attack resulted in the damage of a US-made Patriot air-defense system, officials said.
Russia damaged a Patriot missile system in Ukraine earlier this week, but it's already been fixed and works again, the Pentagon said on Thursday.
The US-made air defense system suffered "minor damage" amid the massive overnight Russian missile attack near Kyiv on Tuesday, Sabrina Singh, Deputy Pentagon Press Secretary, told reporters, according to European Pravda.
"I can confirm that one Patriot system was damaged, but now it is repaired and is in full operating order," Singh added.
It's unclear how exactly the Patriot was damaged and what needed to be fixed, a US official told CNN earlier this week.
The attack on Monday night involved a barrage of Russian missiles and drones, including three ground-launched missiles, six Kinzhal missiles, and nine Kalibr missiles.
Ukraine said they successfully intercepted all six Russian Kinzhal missiles but still said the attack was still "one of the most intense" on Kyiv since the war broke out.
The Patriot defense battery is a highly mobile surface-to-air missile system that is capable of taking on ballistic missiles, cruise missiles, and drones.
Ukraine has received two Patriot air defense systems since the start of the war. One was donated by the US and the other was sent by Germany and the Netherlands.
Russia tried to damage another Patriot system on May 4, but failed after Ukraine successfully intercepted the missile, CNN reported.
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