For the first time since the start of the war in eastern Ukraine, the Ukrainian Armed Forces fired US FGM-148 Javelin anti-tank missiles at Donetsk in an attempt to prepare for a Russian ground offensive. Recall that the US has supplied the Armed Forces of Ukraine with 100 Javelin launchers and 500 missiles.
The Raytheon and Lockheed Martin FGM-148 Javelin missile is the main anti-tank weapon of the US Army.
The FGM-148 Javelin has a maximum weight of 22.3 kg, launcher and missile, is served by two (2) people and achieves a maximum range of 2.5 km, while, according to Lockheed Martin, a missile with a maximum range of 4.75 has been developed. kilometers.
It is of fire and forget category. After launching it, it flies autonomously towards the target.
“All units armed with this weapon have been trained and are ready to perform combat duties,” said Oleksandr Pavlyuk, commander of the Ukrainian Army.
Yes, we are equipped with Javelins.
In case of deterioration, assure that Javelins can be used as intended:
“If necessary, we are ready to use them, and everything else.”
Recall that the first Javelins were delivered to Ukraine in May 2018 and in December 2019, the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine signed a contract with the United States for the supply of a second batch.
Watch videos from the first use of the FGM-148 Javelin ATGM in Donbass.
EU High Representative Joseph Borrell contacted the US Secretary of State to discuss the gathering of Russian troops around Ukraine.
According to a statement from the European External Action Service, they reaffirmed the support of the European Union and the United States for Ukraine’s sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity, and stressed the need for Russia to step down and fully implement the Minsk agreements.
They stressed that any further military attack on Ukraine would have huge consequences and serious costs.
At the same time, Mr. Borrell and Mr. Blinken noted the proposals presented by the Russian Federation last week regarding Moscow’s views on possible new security arrangements in Europe. They underlined the ongoing US-EU partnership and common transatlantic security commitments and common security challenges.
They agreed that any discussion on European security would be coordinated and with the participation of the European Union. They also stressed the importance of using diplomatic channels and relevant international and regional forums, such as the OSCE, to address these challenges.