President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko confirmed the delivery of Javelin anti-tank missile systems from the United States to the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
"I welcome the keen interest—both in Ukraine and abroad—in the delivery of the Javelin systems to us. I can only confirm that yes, the long-awaited weapons arrived in the Ukrainian army and significantly strengthened the powerful deterrent effect of our combat capability and Euro-Atlantic security. We continue to work on strengthening our defense potential in order to repel Russian aggression," the president wrote on Facebook on Monday evening.
The Ukrainian head of state expressed sincere gratitude to US President Donald Trump for acting "in support of Ukraine, in defense of freedom and democracy." "Washington not only fulfilled our joint agreement. It demonstrated leadership and an important example," Poroshenko stressed.
He said that he counted on the firmness of the position of all partners of Ukraine, but foremost the countries of the Group of Seven. "The price for continuing aggression against Ukraine… should continue to grow," the head of the Ukrainian state said.
The US State Department approved the sale of the American anti-tank weapons to Ukraine for $47 million.
Last January, the Chief of the General Staff ordered the Armed Forces of Ukraine to prepare for the adoption of Javelins. At the time, it was not reported when exactly Ukraine would receive the anti-tank systems.