Contents tagged with US Weapons for Ukraine

  • Ukrainian National Guard receives first delivery of 500 grenade launchers from US

    The United States has delivered the first shipment of RSRL-1 hand-held anti-tank grenade launchers to the National Guard of Ukraine. Minister of Internal Affairs Arsen Avakov spoke about this on his Facebook page.

    “The 40-mm RPG-1 complex was launched by AirTronic in 2016 and is effective in defeating the enemy's firearms and armored targets. The rifle range is 800 m, [which is] compatible with all existing RPG shots; the barrel life is 1000 shots," wrote the minister, pointing out that " a …

  • US representative Volker: Ukraine will be able to buy additional weapons from US

    In an interview with Evropeyskaya Pravda,the U.S. Special Representative for Ukraine Kurt Volker stated that the military assistance program for Ukraine provides both free weapons and those for sale.

    “As you know, during the Obama administration, the U.S. also provided assistance to Ukraine in the security sphere, but there was a clear restriction: there could not be anything lethal. The Trump administration lifted this Obama-era restriction. This expands the ability of the United States to …

  • Poroshenko: Ukraine will get more than just Javelin missile systems from the US

    The President of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko, discussed the results of the talks in Munich with U.S. Secretary of Defense, James Mattis, as reported by Evropeyska Pravda.

    "I admire Secretary Mattis. We had a very good visit with Minister Poltorak to the United States," the President said.

    Poroshenko assured that the supply of lethal weapons to Ukraine were agreed to in detail at Munich negotiations. He stressed, however, that this agreement covers a wide range of items.

    "We agreed to no longer …

  • Poroshenko: pro-Russian militants more cautious in Donbas fearing American weapons supplies to Ukraine

    On January 26, President Petro Poroshenko announced to journalists in Davos that Russian military personnel and separatists in the Donbas have radically changed their behavior since learning of the United States’ intention to provide Ukraine with lethal defensive weapons, UNIAN reports.

    "I can say that as soon as it became known that Ukraine had received the latest weapons, the behavior of the Russian troops and militants at the front considerably changed. They are now much more cautious when …

  • Former US commander in Europe: Javelin anti-tank systems will force Russia to reconsider its actions in Ukraine

    The Javelins in the Ukrainians’ hands could change how the Russian military perceives the conflict in eastern Ukraine, and force it to revise its behavior, stated the former commander of US ground forces in Europe, (retired) General Ben Hodges, during a briefing of the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (the Helsinki Commission).

    “I don’t know how the Ukrainians will use them, but I am convinced that the Russians will monitor the location of the Javelins, because it is a very …

  • US ambassador: Ukraine to get Javelin anti-tank systems for free

    US Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch reported that the US government will provide Ukraine with weapons, including Javelin anti-tank systems, free of charge.

    “Last year the [US Presidential] Administration decided to provide Ukraine with additional defensive capabilities. So far, there are no details on how this will be done. We, like Ukraine, have a certain procedure for implementing these decisions, we must inform Congress of how it will be done. And only once we go through this …

  • Trump signs U.S. Defense Bill with $350 million allocated for Ukraine

    U.S. President Donald Trump signed into law the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act, which allows for the allocation of $350 million in assistance to Ukraine.

    The Ukrainian Embassy in Washington notes that the law authorizes the provision of lethal weapons of a defensive nature and significantly expands the parameters of support from the United States to Ukraine.

    In particular, the money can be used to treat wounded Ukrainian soldiers in American hospitals, train Ukrainian doctors, and …

  • Volker: incident with the ammunition depo in Kalynivka will not impact the US decision to provide lethal weapons to Ukraine

    Special representative of the US State Department Kurt Volker stated that Washington's decision to provide lethal weapons to Ukraine will not depend on the explosions at the ammunition depot in Kalynivka, the Voice of America reports.

    On September 26, several explosions began at the arsenal of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine near the city of Kalynivka. About thirty thousand people were evacuated from the territory of Vinnytsky and Kalynivsky districts. The Defense Ministry said that 83,000 …

  • The US State Department doesn’t discount the possibility of arms supplies to Ukraine

    The United States has not provided defensive weapons to Ukraine yet, however they have not ruled out the possibility. The head of the US State Department's press service, Heather Nauert said this on Tuesday in response to a request to comment on the statements made by US State Department Special Representative for Ukraine Kurt Volker in an interview with the BBC, who confirmed that Washington is considering giving American weapons to Ukraine.

    "We are not doing that yet," she answered on the …

  • The Kremlin: US weapons will hinder the peace process in the Donbas

    The possible supply of US weapons to Ukraine would only postpone the settlement of the conflict in the Donbas, stated Dmitry Peskov, the press secretary for Russian President Putin while commenting on the statement of the US State Department's Special Representative for Ukraine Negotiations, Kurt Volker.

    "We have repeatedly said that any actions provoking tension on the line of demarcation and provoking the situation, which is already difficult, will only distance us from settling this intra- …