It’s amazing that the mere presence of such an effective anti-tank weapon as the Javelin has brought tank attacks against Ukraine’s defenders to a full stop.
Defensive lethal aid works.
15 January 2019
According to the president, Javelin guided missiles are able to strike tanks at a sufficient range.
President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko said that, after the Armed Forces of Ukraine received Javelin anti-tank missiles, tank attacks on Ukrainian positions in Donbas by the Russian occupation forces ceased.
“I’d like to draw attention to the psychological effect of the provision of Javelins to Ukraine,” the president said as he was addressing representatives of businesses and public in Volyn region, according to a UNIAN correspondent.
As soon as the Russian tankers heard that the Ukrainian military, armed with Javelins, could be at this sector of the front, able to ‘shoot and forget’,” Russian tank crews “refused to deploy and shell Ukrainian positions.”
“We’re not seeing tank attacks now. This is the effect of only one type of weapon,” the head of state added.
As UNIAN reported earlier, at the end of 2017, the Donald Trump Administration decided to sell Ukraine lethal weapons, in particular Javelin anti-tank missile systems.
On March 2, 2018, the U.S. State Department approved the sale to Ukraine of 210 Javelin missiles and 37 launchers worth a total of about $47 million.
On April 30, the Ukrainian president announced that Javelins had been delivered to Ukraine.
On May 22, Ukraine successfully tested the new weapons.