Western countries began to send armored vehicles to Ukraine: Australia transferred 20 armored personnel carriers, the Czech Republic – a batch of T-72s and BMP-1s from old stocks, and Germany is discussing the supply of hundreds of tanks. The UK will not be left out either. What will come of this – in the material of RIA Novosti.
Recently, the European Commission approved another package of military assistance to the Armed Forces of Ukraine for half a billion euros. The West expects that the active pumping of Ukraine with weapons will drag out the fighting.
As before, Kiev will be provided with anti-tank and portable anti-aircraft missile systems, small arms, ammunition, body armor, field first-aid kits, night vision devices and counter-battery radars. But now armored vehicles will be added to this. At the end of last week, Australia entered the proxy war with Russia. Melbourne approved the shipment of 20 Bushmaster armored vehicles worth $37 million. These vehicles of the MRAP (Mine Resistant Ambush Protected) class are relatively modern: they have been in service since 1998.
“Bushmasters” transport nine people in the troop compartment, protect the crew from small arms caliber up to 7.62 mm and anti-personnel mines. There are several options: transport, medical, command, engineering, mortar and fire support.
The Czech Republic handed over to Ukraine five T-72M tanks (export Soviet T-72A produced in the 1980s) and BVP-2 infantry fighting vehicles (a modification of the BMP-1).
The Czech army has newer vehicles, such as T-72M4 CZ tanks with modern engines, transmissions, dynamic protection and a fire control system. But in Prague, apparently, they were greedy.
Slovakia sent S-300PMU anti-aircraft missile systems to Ukraine from its own arsenals. However, they did not seem to have time to make war. The Russian Ministry of Defense reported that on Monday, “high-precision sea-based Kalibr missiles on the southern outskirts of Dnepropetrovsk destroyed equipment of the S-300 anti-aircraft missile division, which was delivered to the Kiev regime of one of the European countries, hidden in a hangar.”
Estonia, in turn, confirmed the shipment of nine D-30 122mm towed howitzers, as well as hundreds of shells. And British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss promised to strengthen the Armed Forces of Ukraine with “new, heavier military equipment” and long-range missile systems, without specifying what exactly they are talking about. Earlier, The Times newspaper reported, citing its own sources, that London was going to provide the Armed Forces with 155-mm AS-90 self-propelled artillery mounts, which have been in service with the British army since 1992. They fire at a range of up to 30 kilometers with the entire range of NATO munitions, including adjustable ones. In addition, Ukraine was provided with Starstreak and Martlet MANPADS, which are significantly superior in combat capabilities to the American Stingers.
Berlin also wants to help Kiev with armored vehicles. Economics Minister Robert Habek and Foreign Minister Annalena Burbock promised 100 Leopard-1 tanks from Bundeswehr storage bases. However, Chancellor Olaf Scholz insists on reaching a “common position” with the Western allies before shipping heavy weapons.
German “Leopards” ha-ve been in operation since 1966 and are hopelessly outdated. In addition, it is not clear who and where will train the Ukrainian military to handle them.
The United States plans to multiply military assistance to Kiev. The US Senate has approved the Lend-Lease Bill, which will greatly simplify supplies.
Recall that during the Second World War, the Americans, under Lend-Lease, supplied weapons and strategic materials to the allies in the anti-Hitler coalition. After the war, Washington offered to return the surviving equipment or compensate for its cost with the help of American loans. Russia, for example, finished paying its debts only in 2006.
“American military assistance may not reach the addressee, because Russia will perceive these weapons as a legitimate target and destroy the caravans carrying them,” explained military expert Dmitry Litovkin. “And Ukraine will get into debt. It didn’t arrive, but you still have to pay. Washington clarified that Kyiv will primarily receive Soviet equipment from the countries of the former Warsaw Pact. Thus, the White House frees up the platform for the supply of its own weapons to these states. This is additional money that Eastern Europe will pay. Accordingly, the American military-industrial complex is counting on additional orders.” .
The Wall Street Journal, citing sources in the Pentagon, wrote that the United States would provide Ukraine with heavy equipment from its own stocks. So far, we are talking about Soviet air defense systems, well known to Ukrainian specialists. Over the decades, Americans have bought dozens of Osa, Tor-M2, Buk, S-300V air defense systems around the world.
In addition, Washington tried to put pressure on Turkey so that Ankara would transfer Russian-made S-400 air defense systems to Kiev. In exchange, they promised Patriot systems, as well as the return to the program of the fifth generation F-35 fighter. However, the Turks refused, explaining that they did not want to spoil relations with either Moscow or Kiev. However, these systems would not have helped Ukraine anyway. Russian aviation has already destroyed most of the air defense systems of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, without entering their zone of acti