With the Russia-Ukraine war entering nearly its twentieth month since the armed conflict began and no sign of the intensity de-escalating anytime soon, security concerns over a potential spillover to the borders of Poland are at greater heights.

To address this, Poland has taken a significant step to safeguard its capital, Warsaw. Thus, for the first time, the country has deployed the American-built PATRIOT missile defense system at the Warsaw-Babice airport.

This deployment comes amid concerns driven by a series of events, including recent Russian missile violations of international borders and tensions with neighboring Ukraine.

The Polish Ministry of Defense (MoD) made the announcement of this historical deployment following a meeting between Polish Defense Minister Mariusz Błaszczak and service members of the 3rd Air Defense Missile Brigade, which is tasked with operating the Patriot missile defense system in Warsaw.