Delivering weapons and military aid promised by Western countries

On Friday, April 22, Emmanuel Macron clarified that France had supplied Kyiv with Milan anti-tank missiles as well as Caesar rifles. In response to a question by Agence France-Presse, the Elysee did not specify the number of these heavy weapons, in order not to Not giving operational information that could be used by the Russian army. Milan missiles ‘Already granted’. On the other hand, the path of the Caesars is, “current” And that they “It will be delivered in the next few days.” as such ‘Thousands of shells’According to the Elysee.

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Like France, several countries have provided Ukraine with military aid and weapons to help it defend itself since the start of the Russian invasion on February 24.

Known deliveries generally relate to so-called defensive weapons, but this is changing. Among the offensive weapons that play an important role are American-made Javelin anti-tank missile launchers, or Turkish drones. This aid often includes protective equipment (helmets and flak jackets) and survival rations.

Donor countries do not always report the details of deliveries that have been made, or whether they have actually been made. Some may remain a secret.

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United States: More than $4 billion in aid

US President Joe Biden on Thursday announced $800 million in new military aid, including 72 howitzers and their vehicles, 144,000 shells and 121 Phoenix Ghost suicide bombers, bringing the aid to more than $4 billion in Ukraine since the beginning of his term.

On April 13, he had already announced aid that included armored vehicles, artillery (18 howitzers) and helicopters. Previously, Washington provided or promised 1,400 Stinger anti-aircraft system, 5,000 Javelin anti-tank missiles, 7,000 other anti-tank weapons, several hundred Switchblade kamikaze drones, 7,000 assault rifles, 50 million bullets and various ammunition, and missiles Laser-guided, Puma drones, anti-artillery radars and drones, light armor and secure communications systems.

Javelin, capable of penetrating the Russian T-90 tank, has become a symbol of the Ukrainian resistance.

In this February 11, 2022 photo, Ukrainian soldiers load a truck with Javelin missiles after it has been delivered to Boryspil Airport near Kyiv.

Turkey: more than twenty TB2 drones

Ukraine, which said it had twenty Turkish Bayraktar TB2 aircraft before the Russian invasion, announced at the beginning of March that it had received new orders at the end of January, 16 according to some experts.

kyiv claimed to have distracted the defense of the Russian cruiser Moskva It sank last week in the Black Sea by TB2, while it was hit by missiles from the other side. Some experts claim that Turkish drones are still arriving in Ukraine, which Ankara has never confirmed.

United Kingdom: Nearly 200,000 pieces of equipment have already been distributed

The UK says it has already distributed 200,000 pieces of equipment – including 4,800 NLAW anti-tank missiles and a small number of Javelins – and has announced another 6,000. The country also sent Starstreak anti-aircraft missiles and promised to send 120 armored vehicles (Mastiff, Wolfhound, Husky) and a new anti-ship system.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced on Friday that he intends to send tanks to Poland to help Warsaw send its T72s to Ukraine. London pledged 350 million pounds (416 million euros) in financial support to the Ukrainian army, as well as humanitarian and economic support.

A Ukrainian soldier fires an NLAW anti-tank missile during a training exercise in the Donetsk region of eastern Ukraine, February 15, 2022.

Canada: nearly $94 million since February

Canada has committed since 2015 to providing Ukraine with military defense equipment worth about $112 million (approximately €104 million), of which nearly $94 million has been since February 2022. Since February, Ottawa has announced shipments of submachine guns, carbines, and sniper rifles. , ammunition, grenades, rocket launchers and surveillance equipment. The country indicated this week that it was preparing to send heavy artillery, without elaborating. Probably a howitzer.

Germany: green light on former East German weapons

At the beginning of the conflict, Germany announced the shipment of 1,000 anti-tank weapons, 500 Stinger surface-to-air missiles, and about 2,700 Strela missiles and ammunition.

According to media reports, Germany has since sent more weapons, including about 100 machine guns, 100,000 grenades, 2,000 mines, 15 fortified bombs, detonators and explosive devices.

Berlin, which has a say in the fate of weapons from the former East Germany, has agreed to requests from countries such as Estonia and the Czech Republic to send some of these weapons to Ukraine, including howitzers and armored personnel carriers.

Ukrainian soldiers unload a shipment of Stinger missiles from Lithuania at Boryspil airport near Kyiv on February 13, 2022.

Spain: 200 tons of military equipment

Madrid announced, Thursday, the delivery of 200 tons of military equipment and ammunition, 30 military trucks, special heavy transport vehicles and 10 light vehicles, after sending dozens of planes with ammunition and light weapons.

Scandinavian countries :

Norway provided about 100 Mistral anti-aircraft missiles that it planned to retire from service, as well as about 4,000 M72 anti-tank weapons.

Sweden has announced the shipment of 5,000 AT-4 single-fired rocket launchers and 5,000 additional anti-tank weapons and demining equipment.

Finland pledged 2,500 assault rifles, 150,000 ammunition and 1,500 rocket launchers at the end of February. On March 24, it announced the delivery of additional weapons, the details of which were not specified.

Denmark announced on February 27 it was sending 2,700 rocket launchers. On April 21, Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen, who is visiting Kyiv, promised that her country would contribute an additional 600 million Danish kroner ($88 million) to buy weapons.

Countries bordering Ukraine:

Poland sent drones, Javelin anti-tank missile launchers, Grot assault rifles, ammunition, mortars, and MANPADS (man-portable air defense systems, short-range surface-to-air missiles).

Unconfirmed information indicates the dispatch of 40 T-72 tanks and 60 BMP-1 armored personnel carriers.

Slovakia contributed military equipment worth about 62.5 million euros (fuel, ammunition, surface-to-air missiles, anti-tank missiles) and provided the S-300 air defense system. The country is also negotiating with Ukraine the possibility of sending Zuzana Howitzers.

Romania announced at the end of last February a shipment of fuel, ammunition and other military equipment amounting to 3 million euros.

Baltic states:

Latvia sent more than 200 million euros of materials (ammunition, Stinger anti-aircraft missiles and launchers, as well as UAVs).

Lithuania provided military aid to Tens of millions of eurosincluding Stinger anti-aircraft missiles, mortars, cannons and ammunition.

Estonia contributed €227.5 million in aid, including Javelin anti-tank missile launchers, howitzers, anti-tank mines, anti-tank guns, and ammunition.

Eastern and Central Europe:

Slovenia announced the end of February, sending Kalashnikovs and ammunition. According to German media, Slovenia is discussing with Germany sending a large number of its tanks in exchange for German Marder tanks and Fuchs armored personnel carriers.

Bulgaria does not officially provide military equipment due to the disapproval of the pro-Russian socialists. But its exports in this field to European Union countries almost tripled between February 20 and April 13 compared to the same period in 2021.

The Czech Republic donated military equipment (for 45.2 million euros). According to local media, Prague has sent Dana Howitz self-propelled howitzers, RM-70 Grad rocket launchers, Soviet-made T-72 tanks and infantry fighting vehicles.

Czech companies will repair Ukrainian tanks.

A Ukrainian volunteer soldier operates a howitzer near the Zaporizhia region, March 28, 2022.

Belgium, the Netherlands, Greece and Italy:

Belgium announced the dispatch of 5,000 automatic rifles and 200 anti-tank weapons.

The Netherlands promised at the end of February to deliver 200 Stinger missiles.

Greece provided defense aid, which was announced at the end of February. The Minister of Defense later explained that it included 400 Kalashnikov rifles, launchers and ammunition.

Italy has decided for the time being to keep arms shipments secret.

Japan:

Japan announced that it had sent generators and drones.

The world with AFP

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