Ukraine to equip military forces in Donbass with Javelins

Source: Xinhua| 2020-07-03 19:39:09|Editor: huaxia

KIEV, July 3 (Xinhua) -- Ukraine intends to equip military forces in Donbass with Javelins, an American anti-tank missile, its defense ministry said Thursday.

Ukrainian military personnel are actively training on the use of the missiles, said Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Ruslan Khomchak.

The military plans to reinforce each Joint Forces Operation brigade with the American anti-tank missile, Khomchak said.

At the end of 2017, U.S. President Donald Trump approved military assistance to Ukraine, which included 210 Javelin anti-tank missiles and 37 launchers, which Ukraine received in 2018.

In October 2019, the U.S. administration approved the 39.2-million-U.S.-dollar sale of 150 missiles and 10 launchers to Ukraine. Later, in December 2019, the Ukraine's defense ministry signed contracts for the supply of the second batch of Javelins.

On June 17, 2020, the United States transferred 60 million U.S. dollars' worth of equipment, including radios, ammunition, and Javelin missiles to Ukraine. The move angered Russia, which said it would lead to "new bloodshed" in Ukraine. Enditem