Javelins are coming. USA is sending anti-tank systems to Ukraine that Russia is so afraid of.
Javelin anti-tank missile systems purchased by Ukraine under the Pentagon program; International military sales
KYIV – The United States will donate more than $ 60 million worth of radios, ammunition, and Javelin portable anti-tank missile systems (ATGM) to Ukraine. This was reported on June 17 by the US Embassy in Ukraine on its Facebook page.
“The Office of Military Cooperation of the US Embassy has received over $ 60 million worth of equipment to be handed over to Ukrainian partners, including walkie-talkies, ammunition and Javelin anti-tank missiles,” the statement said..
It notes that the United States has consistently sided with Ukraine in supporting its sovereignty and territorial integrity in the face of Russian aggression..
United States security assistance and cooperation with Ukraine continues amid COVID-19, text says.
Military-technical cooperation between Ukraine and the United States is actively developing, said Oleksiy Danilov, Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine, commenting on June 17 information on the supply of weapons from the United States.
He expressed gratitude to the United States for “providing military, financial and economic assistance, strong and consistent support for the independence and territorial integrity of our country.”.
According to Oleksiy Danilov, Ukraine’s course in implementing the reform of the military-industrial complex, taking into account the best world experience, remains unchanged..
The Ukrainian Embassy in the United States calls this delivery “the practical result of the first interstate defense purchases of Ukraine’s weapons in the United States.”.
“The first batch of missiles for ATGM“ Javelin ”, purchased by the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine under the Pentagon’s“ International military sales ”program, has arrived in Ukraine. The contract for such a purchase was signed in December 2019, ”Ukrainian diplomats say..
“Significant reform”, in their opinion, in the Ukrainian defense department made it possible to start direct purchases of weapons and military equipment from foreign states.
ATGM Javelin – an important symbol of cooperation
Chairman of the Board of the East European Security Research Initiative Foundation Maxim Khilkhe calls an “important symbol” of the delivery of American military aid to Ukraine, in particular the Javelin anti-tank missile systems.
“Earlier – the first delivery was important, it was a symbol of the fact that the United States is ready to provide Ukraine with such significant weapons, even despite the protests of Russia. Now it is an important symbol of US support, it continues, and is aimed at strengthening the military capabilities of Ukraine. This support has not changed, despite the emerging scandals related to Ukraine, it is a signal that the United States supports Ukraine in the conflict with Russia, “- Maxim Khilko says to the correspondent of the Russian service” Voice of America “.
He notes that Russia demonstrates its unwillingness to comply with the Minsk agreements and stop escalation in Donbass..
“It is possible that in this vein, American aid demonstrates seriousness of intentions; in the event of a round of aggression, pro-Russian militants will face a decisive rebuff from Ukraine,” says Maksym Khilko.
The expert emphasizes that the Ukrainian military was able to ensure a good pace of transition to NATO standards.
“The military machine, especially in war conditions, is more disciplined than politicians or society, it needs to quickly switch to NATO standards,” says Maxim Khilko.
Help to strengthen borders
Political scientist, expert of the Agency for political consulting “Media Fabrika” Alexey Kurpas believes that the new batch of ATGM Javelin will help strengthen the eastern and southern borders of Ukraine.
“The situation on the contact line in Donbass and on the administrative border with Crimea is not very good. Russia continues to send fresh troops to Donbas, which causes concern in the United States. Javelins, US military aid is a guarantee of security on the land border, ”Aleksey Kurpas told the Voice of America Russian Service.
He believes that one should not forget the scenarios that Russia, having occupied the peninsula, may strive for expansion and seizure of new territories..
“Today one of the main problems is the lack of water in Crimea. There is a danger that a corridor to the water will break through to the Ukrainian territory, therefore the strengthening of the southern borders by Javelins is very important, “says Oleksiy Kurpas.
The political scientist notes that the supply of American military boats, which began under Petro Poroshenko, is the first stage of strengthening the maritime borders of Ukraine..
“The current situation in the region is such that in the future our allies may consider the option of strengthening the Ukrainian Navy with large military vessels. With Ukraine’s participation in a new expanded program of cooperation with NATO, this opens up new opportunities, including for the Ukrainian fleet, “Oleksiy Kurpas emphasizes..