New deliveries

New deliveries

Andrey Kots

Washington and Brussels are openly pumping Ukraine with modern offensive weapons: in recent days, NATO military transport planes have been continuously landing near Kiev. The Alliance is deploying additional forces to Eastern Europe, photos of Western military personnel on the line of contact in Donbass have been circulating on social networks. What are the possible consequences – in the material RIA Novosti.
New deliveries
NATO countries that accuse Russia of “aggressive intentions” are themselves pushing Kiev into conflict by providing military-technical support. Of course, Washington is arming Ukraine most actively. Only from January 22 to 25, the Americans brought 250 tons of military cargo there. Moreover, the range is much wider than before: in addition to three hundred missiles for anti-tank Javelins, carbines and large-caliber sniper rifles, there are, for example, disposable rocket launchers M141 Bunker Defeat Munition. They undermine bunkers, dugouts and other fixed field fortifications. The closest Russian analogue is the rocket-propelled infantry flamethrower RPO-A Shmel.
The M141 proved to be excellent in Afghanistan, when the US Marines cleared the Tora Bora cave complex from the Taliban and al-Qaeda militants. The Ukrainian military can use these weapons during the assault on the settlements of the DPR and LPR. True, the Armed Forces of Ukraine have few such installations so far: only about a hundred.
In addition, the Pentagon handed over dozens of tons of ammunition of various calibers, body armor, night vision devices, radio stations, and counter-battery radar. The White House also promised several Mi-17 helicopters, previously purchased from Russia for the Afghan army.
Lack of consensus
And the UK provided the Armed Forces with two thousand NLAW (Next Generation Light Anti-tank Weapon) grenade launchers. Light anti-tank weapons operate on the “fire and forget” principle: the operator only needs to hold the aiming frame on the desired object for a few seconds and press the trigger. Automation itself will make the necessary corrections. However, not everyone in Ukraine was inspired by the gift. For example, ex-SBU officer Volodymyr Mulyk told reporters that the shelf life of grenade launchers expires in 2022.
The Baltic countries and Eastern Europe did not stand aside. In particular, the Czech Republic will soon bring a large batch of 152-millimeter artillery shells that are in short supply in Ukraine. In addition, the United States allowed Latvia and Lithuania to send thermal imagers and Stinger man-portable air defense systems to the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
I must say that during the years of the Afghan war, dushmans with Stingers were very dangerous for Soviet helicopters and subsonic attack aircraft. However, today this MANPADS is considered obsolete.
Canada, Poland, and the Netherlands are rushing to help Ukraine with military supplies. At the same time, Germany, one of the strongest NATO countries, took a principled position and categorically refused to supply lethal weapons, limiting itself to five thousand helmets. This caused hysteria among the Ukrainian ambassador to Germany, Andriy Melnyk, who openly insulted the German authorities.
Sweden rejected Kiev’s request for military support. According to Foreign Minister Ann Linde, the kingdom does not export weapons, military equipment and equipment to countries that are in a state of armed conflict.
Troop transfer
“As a vivid example of the destructive line of the United States, when instead of dialogue and the search for common ground, a biased position that has nothing to do with reality is voiced, the hysteria around Ukraine, which is being promoted by Washington, is the Russian permanent mission to the UN. Cultivating Russophobia among its citizens and states -like-minded people, while talking about the accumulation of Russian troops as almost the root cause of all problems, NATO forgets to clarify that we are talking about Russian forces on Russian territory.This contrasts with American and NATO we-apons and countless advisers that flooded Ukraine an-d some other close to Ru-ssian borders of the state.
Indeed, Western military experts in southeastern Ukraine no longer hide their presence. The other day, photos of armed retired American soldiers (presumably mercenaries) inspecting the positions of the Armed Forces of Ukraine near the line of contact in Donbass were circulated on social networks. In one of the pictures they are posing with the US flag. Recall that Russian Defense Mi-nister Sergei Shoigu reported back in December that more than 120 fighters fr-om Western private milita-ry companies were deplo-yed to the Donbass, who are preparing provocations against the DPR and LPR.
NATO is also building up its forces near the Russian borders. The Danish Ministry of Defense will send four F-16 fighters to the Lithuanian airbase Siauliai, and the frigate HDMS Peter Willemoes to the Baltic Sea. Spanish minesweeper Meteor goes to the Black Sea. The frigate Blas de Lezo sails there in a few days. The Netherlands is preparing troops for NATO Response Force operations and will relocate two F-35 fighter jets to Bulgaria in April. France wants to send several hundred soldiers to Romania.
Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said the United States is ready to deploy an additional 8,500 troops to Europe with the prospect of a sharp increase in numbers. The decision has not yet been made, as “there remains the possibility of resolving the situation through diplomacy.”
Mass deliveries of wea-pons to Ukraine began in November, when the We-stern media reported on the upcoming “Russian invasion.” The Kremlin was ac-cused of “aggressive intentions” and vied with each other to publish “scenarios” of the impending attack.
The statements of the Russian Foreign Ministry about the inconsistency of such accusations are defiantly ignored in the West. This led to the fact that in Moscow they started talking about the supply of certain types of weapons to the DPR and LPR to protect their citizens. In particular, Vice Speaker of the Feder-ation Council Andrei Turc-hak called for this. And the deputy chairman of the S-tate Duma Defense Comm-ittee, Yuri Shvytkin, in turn, stressed that it could only be about military assistance, but not about crossing the border by units of the Russian army.

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