US STATE DEPT APPROVES SALE OF $47MN WORTH OF ANTI-TANK MISSILES TO UKRAINE | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED


US STATE DEPT APPROVES SALE OF $47MN WORTH OF ANTI-TANK MISSILES TO UKRAINE

The US Department of State has signed off on the sale of Javelin anti-tank missiles to the government of Ukraine, the Pentagon has confirmed. The deal is valued at $47 million and needs congressional approval next.
If approved by Congress, the deal would involve the sale of 210 missiles and 37 command units, Defense News reported, citing Pentagon sources. The Pentagon claims it will not affect the military balance in the region, where the Kiev government is locked in conflict with two regions in the east of the country. Kiev has been accusing Moscow of backing the rebels, to the point of officially designating Russia an “aggressor” state.

"The Javelin system will help Ukraine build its long-term defense capacity to defend its sovereignty and territorial integrity in order to meet its national defense requirements," the Pentagon said in a statement.

Earlier this week, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said he was expecting the first lethal weapons deliveries from the US to take place "in a very few weeks," without specifying what weapons Kiev is supposed to receive. The Pentagon, however, was more careful about the timeline. “On weapons delivery, it is premature to speculate on when that will happen," US Department of Defense spokesperson Sheryll Klinkel told Sputnik.

The 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) approved increased US military aid to Kiev, including lethal weapons. Until now, the US has assisted Ukraine’s military with logistics, intelligence, training and other types of support.

Washington has accused Russia of invading Ukraine since 2014, when armed activists backed by the US seized power in Kiev. Residents of several regions, including Donetsk, Lugansk and Crimea, refused to accept the new government’s policies.

Crimea voted to rejoin Russia, which it was separated from in 1954 by a decree of the Soviet leadership. Donetsk and Lugansk declared independence and have since been fighting off attempts by Ukraine’s military to “reintegrate" them by force

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am having a double face-palm, at warp speed, upon reading this.

The US government should be supporting a peace process, and narrative here.

Instead, what have they done?!? Prop up one of the most dangerously corrupt countries in the region, and get them to believe, in a sort of magical thinking way, that they, with US "Advisors" assistance, can can actually arm-wrestle the breakaway provinces of Lugansk, Donetsk, and Crimea, back into the Ukrainian orbit with extreme force.

I would politely suggest that until Poroshenko gets the corruption in his country under some kind of control, that the US government should be focusing on helping him achieve that goal first, and not arming him with some very serious weaponry.

To a child with a hammer, everything is a nail, which needs to be pounded; so it will be with the Ukrainian military, and these weapons. It will be too temping to start to ramp up raids against Lugansk, and Donetsk, against which their populations cannot fight back.

And I would like to politely remind those in the bowels of power in DC that Crimea, in a class move that is thoroughly protected by the UN, to which Ukraine and the US government are allegedly signatories, that peaceful self-determintation is a right of every people.

They are now part of the Russian Federation, and this happened by the holding of two referenda in Crimea.

I really wouldn't want to mess with this, frankly; it is a can of worms that thinking world leaders would not touch, because they understand how Russia will respond if they do.

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