US Set To Send Ukraine Patriot Missiles In Major Escalation

CNN's chief Pentagon correspondent is reporting the breaking news based on multiple anonymous US defense officials - including a senor Biden administration official - that the White House is currently finalizing plans to send 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 writes. "The three officials told CNN that approval is expected."

If approved, this could be a tipping point in the conflict leading to direct confrontation between nuclear-armed powers given transfer of Patriots would mark the longest-range missiles sent to Ukraine thus far.

Washington has so far been reluctant, despite Kiev officials since nearly the start of the invasion making repeat pleas for the US to help "close the sky" - as President Zelensky many months ago urged Congress.