Ukraine receives missiles and howitzers as Zelensky waits for good weapons news

Ukraine has started receiving Harpoon anti-ship missiles from Denmark and self-propelled howitzers from the United States, weapons that will bolster forces fighting the Russian invasion, Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov said on Saturday.

“Our country’s coastal defense will not only be strengthened by Harpoon missiles – they will be used by trained Ukrainian teams,” Reznikov wrote on his Facebook page.

He said Harpoon coast-to-ship missiles would be used alongside Ukrainian Neptune missiles to defend the coast, including the southern port of Odessa.

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Serhiy Bratchuk, a spokesman for the Odessa regional military administration in southern Ukraine, said in an online post that “so many harpoons have been handed over to us that we can sink the entire Russian fleet from the Black Sea. Why not?

Last month, the Moskva, flagship of Russia’s Black Sea Fleet, sank after what Ukraine said was an anti-ship missile attack. Moscow says a fire triggered an explosion of ammunition.

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After launching its invasion of Ukraine on February 24, Russia imposed a naval blockade on Ukrainian ports, hampering vital grain exports. He also used his Black Sea Fleet to launch missile attacks.

Reznikov said Ukraine has also received a range of heavy artillery pieces, including modified US-made M109 self-propelled howitzers that will allow the Ukrainian military to hit targets at longer ranges.

Ukraine says it wants to secure deliveries of US-made M270 long-range multiple rocket launchers.

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President Volodymyr Zelensky said Ukraine, which has been striving to increase arms supplies, is approaching the point where it will outnumber the Russians technologically and in terms of strike capability.

“Of course, a lot depends on our partners and their willingness to provide Ukraine with everything necessary to protect freedom. And I expect good news next week,” he said in an ending video. evening, without giving details.

Zelenskiy’s adviser, Oleksiy Arestovych, said on Saturday evening that “weapons that we desperately need will most likely be delivered soon.”

The key will be a meeting of NATO defense ministers in Brussels in mid-June, with Reznikov in attendance, Arestovych said on social media. “If the Western allies do not delay…then around June 20, the situation on the front will change considerably in our favor.”

Russia says its forces are on a “special operation” to demilitarize Ukraine and rid it of radical anti-Russian nationalists. Ukraine and its allies call this a false pretext for a war of aggression.


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