U.S. will continue to sell Javelin missiles, patrol boats to Ukraine in 2021

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The United States will continue to sell Javelin missiles and patrol boats to Ukraine in 2021, Ukraine’s Ambassador to the United States Volodymyr Yelchenko has said in an interview with the RBC-Ukraine online news site.

“Purchases of Javelins will continue. They were included in the program of assistance for 2021. In addition, the units that will be sent to the area of the Joint Forces Operation will be armed with Javelins now. This is a completely different balance of power. Of course, we will deploy such weapons in accordance with the Minsk agreements,” he said.

At the same time, he stressed that the modernization of the Ukrainian fleet should be put in the first place.

The diplomat recalled that last year Ukraine received two Island-class patrol boats, and the United States has recently agreed to sell 16 Mark VI patrol boats equipped with all the necessary equipment and even guns.

According to him, these are modern patrol boats, which the United States itself put into circulation only in 2015. The United States has not passed them to anyone so far, but now they will be in service with the Ukrainian Navy, Yelchenko said.

“The main goal of this is to end Russian domination in the Black and Azov Seas. The Americans recognize and understand this and therefore help us,” he said.

© 2020 Ukrinform News

5 comments

  • There was supposed to be a permanent US naval base in Ochakiv? Does anyone know if this was completed?
    The reason I ask is because top UK kremtroll Peter Hitchens has often written about this to express his outrage at the American temerity of coming onto his little fuhrer’s patch. IMO there should be a massive joint US-Ukr base with modern warships and subs on permanent rotation there.

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    • I would like to see the Montreux Convention revisited. It is from 1936 and made legal by the League of Nations. It predates NATO and its signed by the USSR which is no long applicable. Today is a different reality and all the Black Sea nations would support a NATO presence except the descendants of Khan of course.

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  • onlyfactsplease

    Selling usable weapons to Ukraine is a welcome measure to help keep back the mafiosi. But, I hope for some donations too. With a Reagan or a McCain as president, this would not have to be wished, it would be a reality. At least, we have a decent Congress to depend on.

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    • Very welcome, but it’s still ‘crumbs from the rich man’s table’. Israel gets $3 Bn/ year in military US aid. So, proportionate to its size, Ukraine should get c.15bn. Especially given that Ukraine is as strategically important to US policy as Israel.

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