The United States and Germany announced on Wednesday (June 1) that they would provide Ukraine with some of the most advanced weapons of war capable of shooting down aircraft and shooting down artillery to help the country as the Russian forces are about to capture a key. city in eastern Ukraine.
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FORT CARSON, CO – APRIL 28: A Javelin missile fired by soldiers from the 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team heads towards a target during a live-fire training exercise on April 28, 2022 in Fort Carson, Colorado . The Javelin anti-tank missile system uses automatic infrared guidance to track targets and has the ability to use top attack to hit targets from above where the armor is thinnest.
“Fuel on the Fire”
According to the AP report, Germany will send its highly advanced and up-to-date radar and anti-engine systems to Ukraine. The United States announced on Tuesday that it would also supply the Eastern European country with four advanced, medium-range rocket systems and ammunition.
The United States sent these advanced weapons to help Ukraine defend its territories against Russian forces without provoking a wider war in Europe. The Pentagon noted that Ukraine had assured that it would not launch rockets into Russian territory.
However, the Kremlin did not take the news lightly and accused Washington of “throwing oil on the fire”.
The West’s arms supply helped Ukraine stave off the expansive and better equipped Russian military. In April, Ukraine succeeded in preventing forces from Moscow from taking control of the capital and forced them to storm the industrial region of Donbass to the east.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has repeatedly called on countries to supply them with weapons as Russia moves to take control of eastern cities. Zelensky also urged the West to “stop playing games” and impose tougher sanctions on Russia to finally end the war.
But on Wednesday, Ukrainian President Andriy Yermak’s chief of staff welcomed the new Western weapons and said that with “all necessary weapons” and “effective sanctions”, their country would win.
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All About Rocket Systems
The new rocket systems were part of $700 million in security assistance provided by the United States to Ukraine. The package will also include the following: helicopters, radars, Javelin anti-tank weapon systems, tactical vehicles, spare parts and other weapons, as noted by AP.
The rockets are equipped with a range of around 50 miles or 80 kilometers and are also very mobile. According to AP, Ukraine has already failed with rockets with a range of up to 186 miles or 300 kilometers.
Although the Pentagon has never disclosed how many rockets it will send to Ukraine. It is reported that the United States will provide four of its truck-mounted HIMARS systems, each of which contains a container with six precision-guided rockets that can travel approximately 45 miles or 70 kilometers.
German air defense systems
Meanwhile, Germany’s pledge to send its IRIS-T air defense systems would be the first to deliver long-range air defense weapons to Kyiv since the invasion began.
Kyiv over the past few months has received shoulder-fired man-portable air defense missiles to shoot down helicopters and any low-flying aircraft.
The delivery is in response to criticism that Germany has not done enough to help Ukraine. The country’s chancellor, Olaf Scholz, claimed that the IRIS-T surface-to-air missiles are the newest air defense system Germany has.
Also, he added that their radar systems could help Kyiv locate enemy artillery.
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