On October 22nd, the Kiev government received another batch of Javelin anti-tank missiles from the United States.
A Boeing 747-400F cargo plane of the American airline National Airlines delivered the third consignment of additional American military aid to Ukraine in the amount of $60 million to Kiev Boryspil airport.
Both missiles and launchers were delivered.
Attending to meet the plane and the US representative was Deputy Minister of Defense of Ukraine Oleksandr Nosov, Commander of the Medical Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Brigadier General Tatiana Ostashchenko, Head of the Main Logistics Directorate of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Lieutenant General Nikolai Shevtsov, and the US military attaché in Ukraine, Colonel Brittany Stewart.
Lieutenant General Nikolai Shevtsov said:
“Today a batch of Javelin anti-tank missile systems with missiles has arrived to us. We also received ammunition for those weapons we have under the “NATO caliber”. The weapons will be moved to bases and warehouses, taken into account and transferred to the military for use, including for the units of the Joint Forces operation. “
A package of additional urgent American military assistance to Ukraine in the amount of $60 million was allocated by Washington following the agreements reached during the recent visit of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy to the United States. This package was provided in addition to the previously agreed $250 million US military assistance to Ukraine, allocated in 2021.
This military assistance package included additional Javelin anti-tank systems, small arms ammunition, medical equipment, etc. The first two consignments of this additional military assistance package were delivered to Boryspil on October 10 and 18.
The US Embassy in Ukraine on October 22 marked the occasion.
Today's shipment – and $2.5 billion USD since 2014 – demonstrates concrete U.S. support to enabling Ukraine's ability to defend itself against Russia's aggression. 🇺🇸🤝🇺🇦 #partnershipstrong 2/2 pic.twitter.com/KBfRKu1ZUI
— U.S. Embassy Kyiv (@USEmbassyKyiv) October 23, 2021
During his visit, US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin vowed that Washington would continue supporting Kiev.
"You can count on our continued support … I look forward to working with you on an even stronger and more enduring strategic partnership between our countries." – @SecDef Lloyd Austin
Full readout: https://t.co/RG1oVj1KR5 pic.twitter.com/sW4joKhh36
— U.S. Embassy Kyiv (@USEmbassyKyiv) October 20, 2021
“Secretary Austin reiterated the U.S. commitment to supporting Ukraine’s forces through security assistance, including efforts to enhance Ukraine’s maritime capacity, and encouraged deeper regional cooperation among our Black Sea allies and partners.
Secretary Austin encouraged Ukraine to maintain progress on defense and defense industry reforms in order to advance its Euro-Atlantic aspirations. President Zelenskyy and Minister Taran expressed gratitude for U.S. support and their ongoing commitment to Ukraine’s defense reform agenda.”
The constant deliveries of weapons to Ukraine begin to paint a significant picture of an escalation, when the recent remarks by Germany’s Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer are taken into account.
On October 21, on the side-lines of the NATO summit in Brussels, she gave an interview to Deutschlandfunk radio in which she threatened Russia with the use of nuclear weapons if the country did not bow to NATO’s guidelines. The Baltic region and the Black Sea were specifically named as possible war targets.
As it can be judged from statements by former Russian PM Dmitry Medvedev, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, such supplies acquire an extremely important signal value that a war is in the works.
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