Ukraine is going to be supplied with a number of offensive western “wonder” weapons to help it prevail. These weapons won’t come from the US administration, but from Britain.
Ukraine Survived Largely Thanks to Western Military Aid
The news about the fresh supplies to Ukraine comes against the backdrop of harrowing new Russian war crimes in Ukraine.
These war crimes include Friday’s missile strike on a train station in Kramatorsk that ripped through a crowd of refugees killing dozens; it includes as well the appalling stories of gang rapes of Ukrainian girls and women, aged 16 through 78, by sick Russian troops.
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has put Biden to shame in terms of leading the western help for plucky Ukrainians; although, the British military potential is substantially smaller.
As of Friday morning, Ukrainians have managed to kill more than 19,000 Russian troops and destroy over 4,000 units of Russian military equipment.
However, those have been primarily small arms or clearly defense-only weapons.
Defence Secretary Ben Wallace confirms to me that the UK WILL be supplying #Mastiff vehicles to Ukraine.
— Paul McNamara (@PGMcNamara) April 8, 2022
🇬🇧🇺🇦 Britain will be giving armoured vehicles, including Mastiff patrol vehicles, to Ukraine.
— The Telegraph (@Telegraph) April 8, 2022
Three interesting facts:
1- From Odessa to the Crimea – 285 km
2- Anti-ship weapons system Harpoon, supplier Britain – range 315 km
3- Harpoon is already in Ukraine pic.twitter.com/JP6yU4HomH
— The Odessa Journal 🖋⚓ (@Odessa_Journal) April 7, 2022
Thanks Britons, you are a real friend of Ukraine. NLaw, StarStreak, armored vehicles and now Harpoon.
Again a gamechanger, now for the battle of Odessa. https://t.co/4ab7FrkdvM
— Мартен Шонхайм (@7cGZFfy7xnedbzM) April 7, 2022
British-made Harpoon anti-ship missiles are already in Odesa, South Ukraine.
With the range of 50 miles, these missiles will hopefully put an end to Russian sea superiority. pic.twitter.com/INpFrXuZZM
— Paul Cogan (@PaulCogan) April 7, 2022
Wonder Weapons Given to Ukraine
Earlier this week, the Central European nation of Czechia, which is a NATO member and US ally, became the first Western country to supply Ukraine with some heavy weaponry.
According to a report by The Daily Mail, Britain is now going to provide Ukraine with anti-ship missiles and top-notch armored vehicles designed to withstand rockets, explosive devices, and machine gunfire.
The cited anonymous UK government sources revealed Britain has now decided to provide the Ukrainians with Boeing-made Harpoon anti-ship missiles to be used against the overwhelming Russian Navy in the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov.
The other major type of heavy weaponry that Britain is going to provide to the Ukrainians shortly are 23-ton armored vehicles, known as “the Mastiff.” They have been developed to withstand various explosives based on the British participation in the war in Afghanistan.
The 6×6 wheel-drive patrol vehicle in question is said to be particularly useful in urban warfare, where it would be able to withstand “pretty much everything”.
The report says a top-level Ukrainian military delegation has been given a demonstration of the UK-wielded weapons in Salisbury Plain, Wiltshire, the UK.
Unlike Britain, under Joe Biden’s leadership – or lack thereof – the United States has been unwilling to supply Ukraine with more lethal, larger offensive weapons.
This is to avoid further “angering” Putin, never mind that he thrives on appeasement, which only feeds his genocidal aggression, as the events in Ukraine have repeatedly shown.
Meanwhile, on Friday, the Prime Minister of Slovakia, Ukraine’s neighbor to the west, a US ally and NATO member state, announced his country provided Ukraine with Soviet-made S-300 anti-aircraft missiles.
The Mastiff is a British version of the American Cougar 6×6 armored six-wheeled patrol vehicle and can be armed with a 7.62mm machine gun, 12.7mm heavy machine gun or 40mm grenade launcher#Russia #UkraineRussianWar pic.twitter.com/S0ZUWZKx8x
— Madhaw Tiwari (@MadhawTiwari) April 8, 2022
— NEXTA (@nexta_tv) April 8, 2022
— NEXTA (@nexta_tv) April 8, 2022
These are the indicative estimates of Russia’s combat losses as of April 8, according to the Armed Forces of Ukraine. pic.twitter.com/a1drumyTni
— The Kyiv Independent (@KyivIndependent) April 8, 2022