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US plane brings Javelin missiles and launchers to Ukraine

It's part of a a $200-million security package to shore up Ukraine as it braces for a possible Russian military offensive



Workers unload a shipment of military aid delivered as part of the United States of America's security assistance to Ukraine, at the Boryspil airport, outside Kyiv. — AP
Workers unload a shipment of military aid delivered as part of the United States of America's security assistance to Ukraine, at the Boryspil airport, outside Kyiv. — AP

By Reuters

Published: Tue 25 Jan 2022, 11:27 PM

A US plane carrying Javelin anti-tank missiles, launchers and other military hardware landed in Kyiv on Tuesday, the third shipment of a $200-million security package to shore up Ukraine as it braces for a possible Russian military offensive.

“Javelins in Kyiv! A new cargo of security aid — launchers & missiles — with a total weight of about 80 tons. We expect the arrival of the 4th from the big flock of birds soon,” Defence Minister Oleksii Reznikov tweeted.

“Thanks to our strategic partner.”

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The United States has been Ukraine’s most powerful backer in trying to avert a new attack by Russia, which has massed troops near Ukraine’s border. Moscow denies planning an offensive.

The United States has committed more than $650 million of security assistance to Ukraine in the past year and more than $2.7 billion in total since 2014, when Russia annexed Ukraine’s Crimea peninsula.

Ukraine has been a grateful recipient of the aid though it has criticised as “premature” a partial pullout of US and other embassy staff.


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