Ukraine to purchase second consignment of U.S. Javelin anti-tank missile system

Ukraine’s Defense Ministry disclosed, Kyiv will be purchasing a second consignment of U.S. Javelin anti-tank missiles and launch units.

Following Russia’s annexation of Crimea in 2014, the United States has emerged as one of Kiev’s strongest supporters.

An outbreak of fighting in Ukraine’s eastern Donbass region saw the death of more than 13,000 people.

Contracts for the deal were signed in the fourth quarter of 2019, said the defense ministry in a statement, without divulging any further details.

In April 2018, the first shipment of Javelin systems, worth $47 million, arrived in Ukraine.

Washington and Kiev believe, these Javelin systems will boost Ukraine’s long-term defense capacity.

Last week, U.S. President Donald Trump had signed a bill that will see Washington providing $300 million in military aid to Ukraine in 2020.



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