According to Poroshenko, modern weapons significantly strengthen the Ukrainian army.
President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko instructed Defense Minister Stepan Poltorak to speed up negotiations on the purchase of a new shipment of anti-tank Javelin missile systems from the US. He stated this during the ceremony of transferring the equipment to the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the Khmelnitsky region.
He noted that Turkish UAVs “Bayraktar” tested in Ukraine would significantly change the balance of forces in the Donbas. The President recalled how the appearance of the American “Stingers” in Afghanistan was at one time a turning point in the war of this country with the Soviet Union.
“With the arrival of ‘Bayraktar’ drones into the Armed Forces, our abilities in confronting the enemy will increase significantly. I believe that the Turkish military drones, American ‘Javelin’, other positions that our partners supply us with, domestic products of the military-industrial complex will significantly increase the price of the Kremlin’s blunt aggression against Ukraine,” Poroshenko said.
The head of state also instructed the military leadership on Turkish drones and new procurement “Javelins”.
“I am instructing the Chief of General Staff, the Minister of Defense to take all the necessary measures, to speed up the training (in piloting “Bayraktar”), including in Turkey, of the Ukrainian soldiers. It is faster to complete the whole arming cycle and report back to me when the unmanned percussion aerial vehicles will be transferred in part directly to the line of contact. Same goes with the anti-tank complexes “Javelin”. I instruct, Mr. Minister, to speed up negotiations on new purchases from our American partners,” he added.