Report: U.S. could soon send Patriot missile defense system to Ukraine

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The United States is poised to send a Patriot missile defense system to Ukraine, two U.S. officials and a Biden administration official told CNN on Tuesday.

The Biden administration is finalizing the plan to send the system to Ukraine, and it is expected to be approved by Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin this week, three officials told CNN. Ukraine is facing daily Russian attacks, and the advanced surface-to-air missile system is effective at intercepting ballistic and cruise missiles.

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Catherine Garcia, The Week US

Catherine Garcia is night editor for TheWeek.com. Her writing and reporting has appeared in Entertainment Weekly and EW.com, The New York Times, The Book of Jezebel, and other publications. A Southern California native, Catherine is a graduate of the University of Redlands and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.