07/07/2022


© Reuters. Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov attends a meeting with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken and US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin as Russia’s offensive on Ukraine continues in Kyiv, Ukraine.

(Reuters) – Ukraine’s Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov said on Saturday that Ukraine has started receiving Harpoon anti-ship missiles from Denmark and self-propelled howitzers from the United States, weapons that will support the armed forces in the fight against the Russian invasion.

“Our country’s coastal defenses are not only reinforced with Harpoon missiles – they are deployed by trained Ukrainian teams,” Reznikov wrote on his Facebook page (NASDAQ :).

He said that the Harpoon surface-to-ship missiles will be deployed alongside Ukraine’s Neptune missiles to defend the coast, including the southern port of Odessa.

“We have received so many bayonets that we can sink the entire Russian Black Sea Fleet. Why not?” Serhiy Prachuk, a spokesman for the Odessa Regional Military Administration in southern Ukraine, said in an online post.

The Russian battleship Moskva sank last month after Ukraine launched a missile attack on the ships. Moscow says a fire caused an explosion of ammunition.

After beginning its invasion of Ukraine on February 24, Russia imposed a naval blockade of Ukrainian ports and impeded important grain exports. It also used its fleet in the Black Sea to launch missile attacks.

Reznikov said Ukraine has also received a number of heavy artillery, including a modified US M109 self-propelled howitzer, which will allow the Ukrainian military to engage targets at longer ranges.

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

President Volodymyr Zelensky said that Ukraine, which is working to increase arms supplies, is approaching the point where it will technologically outperform the Russians.

Of course, much depends on our partners and their willingness to provide Ukraine with everything necessary to protect freedom. “I expect good news next week,” he said in a late-night video clip, without giving details.

“The weapons we desperately need will likely be delivered soon,” Oleksiy Aristovich, an adviser to Zelensky, said late Saturday.

Aristovich said on social media TV that the meeting of NATO defense ministers in Brussels in mid-June, which Reznikov will attend, will be essential. “If the allies in the West do not hesitate … then around June 20 the situation on the front lines will change sharply in our favor.”

Russia says its forces are conducting a “special operation” to disarm Ukraine and rid it of anti-Russian ultra-nationalists. Ukraine and its allies describe this as a false excuse to launch a war of aggression.