Ukraine’s struggle in the sky shows no end; “We have to be one step ahead of Russia,” says the official

“War doesn’t take holidays. The war doesn’t celebrate Christmas,” Ukraine’s Defense Ministry official Yuriy Sak told Fox Digital about the possibility of a ceasefire before Ukraine celebrates Christmas on Jan. 13. 7.

“Think of the worst behavior you can imagine and multiply it by five and you’ll get an idea of ​​what Russians are capable of — nothing would surprise me,” Sak said.

On Monday, Russian forces launched a series of drone strikes that destroyed power plants and other electrical facilities in the Kyiv region, despite the Ukrainian army shooting down the majority of the drones with its air defense system.

A view of dark streets in Kyiv, Ukraine, on 17/27/2022.

A view of dark streets in Kyiv, Ukraine, on 17/27/2022.
(Maxym Marusenko/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

The US is considering sending a Patriot missile defense system to Ukraine

The battlefield in Ukraine has blown up – the Ukrainian military is requesting more rockets and missiles from the international community to combat Russian drone strikes that have crippled the nation’s energy sources and left millions of Ukrainian civilians in the dark.

“If we get systems and missiles to hit with, we aim even further beyond enemy lines,” Sak said. “Of course, this will mean that their ability to terrorize our people and our cities will decrease even further. And that will create the necessary space for our counter-offensive.”

Ukrainian soldiers fire a Pion artillery system at Russian positions near Bakhmut, Donetsk region, Ukraine, May 12, 2022.

Ukrainian soldiers fire a Pion artillery system at Russian positions near Bakhmut, Donetsk region, Ukraine, May 12, 2022.
(AP Photo/LIBKOS)

Now there are renewed concerns that Russia could strike from Belarus, where the Russian military carried out its first attack on Kyiv in February.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has visited Belarus and met with President Aleksandr Lukashenko on Monday, according to Russia’s state-run Tass news agency.

(Mikhail Klimentyev, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

“Belarus is not only our good neighbor with whom we have been working for the past decades, taking into account each other’s interests,” Putin said. “But Belarus is definitely our ally in the most immediate sense of the word.”

Russia has maintained close ties with Belarus in recent months, with the country supplying Russian forces with missiles and equipment. The Russian military also has up to 15,000 troops in Belarus.

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“It’s a question of when, not if,” Luke Coffey, senior foreign policy fellow at the Hudson Institute, told Fox News Live of an attack from Belarus. “There are two main scenarios: you see another attack on the capital Kyiv… or we could see forces from Belarus pushing into western Ukraine to cut the supply lines that NATO and the US have been using from Poland.”

The Pentagon is considering a plan to send a Patriot missile defense system to Ukraine. Military company Raytheon Technologies Corp. Fox News said the package would include “manned and unmanned aircraft, cruise missiles and tactical ballistic missiles.”

“So, for example, if we ask our partners, and especially the United States, to provide Ukraine with ATACMS (Army Tactical Missile System) missiles, we need them so as not to attack Russia on its own territory. We need them to conduct our military operations with less risk to our own military personnel,” Sak said.

The Patriot missile program reportedly does not include Army Tactical Missile System (ATACMS) missiles, which have a range of 185 miles. However, the package includes missiles with a range of 100 miles – what the Kremlin calls a “provocative move by the US”.

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National Security Council spokesman John Kirby fired back at the Kremlin’s comments last week, saying that “it’s focused on defense — it’s about helping them defend themselves.”

Despite talks with the Pentagon and White House, Ukraine's Patriot program isn't finalized -- but sources tell Fox News an announcement is expected this week.

Despite talks with the Pentagon and White House, Ukraine’s Patriot program isn’t finalized — but sources tell Fox News an announcement is expected this week.
(AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, file)

Despite talks with the Pentagon and White House, the Patriot program is not complete – but sources are Tell Fox News that an announcement is expected this week.

“There is talk of the possibility of Ukraine receiving Patriot air defense systems from the US… Now we know that Russia is in talks with Iran to acquire more ballistic missiles from Iran. So this is a race where we have to be one step ahead,” said Sak.

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Nana Sajaia contributed to this report.

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