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The US is set to send additional Javelin anti-armour systems to help the Ukrainian forces combat Russian attacks.
The US administration recently approved an additional $100m in presidential drawdown for the defence of Ukraine. A portion of it will be used to send the Javelin missiles.
In a press briefing, Pentagon Press Secretary John F. Kirby said: “This $100m is designed to help us meet an urgent Ukrainian need for additional Javelin anti-armour systems, which the US has been providing to Ukraine.
“They’ve been used very effectively to combat the Russian attack on the Ukrainian homeland.”
Javelin is a one-man-portable anti-tank weapon that can be used to destroy tanks, armoured vehicles, and military trucks.
The shoulder-fired missile system is being widely used by the Ukrainian Army during the ongoing crisis.
Kirby added: “[The Javelin] can be used on other vehicles as well, and even fixed targets if need be.
“And there have been thousands of Javelins that we have provided to Ukraine, and we know they’re using them. You can see the evidence for yourself when you look at the videos and the images on TV of these burnt-out tanks and burnt-out trucks and armoured personnel carriers.”
The latest allocation represents the sixth drawdown of equipment from the US Department of Defense (DoD) inventories.
Under special circumstances, a drawdown enables the US President to authorise withdrawing weaponry from existing DoD stocks to support other nations.
Kirby added that the US is also sending 100 Switchblade drones to Ukraine.
A small number of Ukrainians have already been trained to operate these drones, which fly into the targets and then detonate themselves, Reuters reported.
Earlier this month, the US announced that it was sending an additional $300m worth of military aid to Ukraine.
The US has committed more than $1.7bn in security assistance to Ukraine since Russia launched a ‘military operation’ on the country.