: Pyatt: New batch of US aid to arrive in Ukraine soon, no anti-tank Javelins expected

09:13 Aug. 19, 2016

Pyatt: New batch of US aid to arrive in Ukraine soon, no anti-tank Javelins expected

Ukrainian Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman, US's Ambassador to Ukraine Geoffrey Pyatt, Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko. (UNIAN Photo)

Former ambassador says Ukraine has 'capabilities to produce its own ammunition'

US Ambassador Geoffrey Pyatt says that the U.S. has provided security assistance to Ukraine in the amount of 60 million, and announces the arrival of a new batch aid, according to Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty (RFE/RL).

"And I'm very proud of what has been achieved – and our military exercise in Yavoriv, and modern equipment, over a thousand night vision devices. The new supplies will be in the coming days," RFE/RL quoted Pyatt's claim.

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Answering a question whether Ukraine will ever receive infamous Javelin anti-tank missile systems, the ambassador said that Ukraine is able to provide itself with necessary weapons on its own.

"Ukraine has a powerful defense industry and has capabilities to produce its own ammunition," he said.

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The ambassador expressed hope that the capacities of Ukraine's defense industry would be strengthening due to cooperation between the industrial sectors of the U.S. and Ukraine in the coming months and years.

As was reported earlier, the US provides Ukraine with counterbattery radars, which locate the whereabouts of enemy weapons.

As of July 2016, the US has also supplied Ukraine with a large number of unmanned aerial vehicles.

Reporting by UNIAN.

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