Wednesday, May 25, 2022

The U.S. will provide Ukraine with Soviet air defense systems, sources say

The U.S. will provide Ukraine with Soviet air defense systems, CNN reported citing a senior administration official.

“The U.S. and NATO partners are already sending several surface-to-air missile systems to Ukraine for defense assistance,” the channel reported.

According to the same reports, the additional systems include “mobile air defense systems from the Soviet era.” Among them are “Wasp” system (SA-8 by NATO classification), S-300 (SA-10) and S-300V (SA-12), and also MANPADS “Strela-3” (SA-14). The channel specified, citing a high-ranking official, that the systems were sent from a NATO partner country and “are on their way.

Russia began a military operation in Ukraine on February 24. President Vladimir Putin called its goal “to protect people who have been subjected to abuse, genocide by the Kiev regime for eight years.

For this purpose, he said, it was planned to “demilitarize and denationalize Ukraine,” and to put on trial all war criminals responsible for “bloody crimes against civilians” in Donbas.

According to a statement by the Russian Defense Ministry, the Armed Forces are striking only military infrastructure and Ukrainian troops. With the support of the RF Armed Forces, the DPR and LPR groups are developing an offensive, but there is no question of occupying Ukraine, the Russian president stressed.