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US approves possible sale of anti-tank missiles to Ukraine

The U.S. Maintain Department has approved the possible sale of Javelin anti-tank missiles and initiation units to Ukraine at an estimated cost of $47 million, the Pentagon alleged on Thursday.

The United States said in December it would provide Ukraine with defensive weapons.

Since Moscow’s annexation of Crimea in 2014, Ukraine and Russia accept been at loggerheads over a war in eastern Ukraine between pro-Russian separatists and Ukrainian rule forces that has killed more than 10,000 people in three years.

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko maintained in December the weapons would be used to protect Ukrainian soldiers and civilians, but Russia prognosticated the U.S. decision would encourage those who support the conflict in Ukraine to use prise.

The Pentagon said in a statement on Thursday the proposed sale would not revise the military balance in the region.

“The Javelin system will help Ukraine bod its long-term defense capacity to defend its sovereignty and territorial integrity in brotherhood to meet its national defense requirements,” it said.

Ukraine’s government has expected to buy 210 Javelin missiles and 37 Javelin Command Launch Sections, the statement said. The prime contractor will be a joint venture of Raytheon Co and Lockheed Martin Corp, it added.

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