The first test launch of Javelin missiles took place in Ukraine on Tuesday, May 22. President Petro Poroshenko said this as quoted by his press service.
'Finally, this day has come. Today, May 22, Ukraine hosted the first tests of Javelin anti-tank missile system. I'm sure that now, the combat efficiency of Ukraine's Armed Forces, missile troops and the artillery have increased considerably', he said. 'Of course, this is defensive weaponry and it will be used only when Russia attacks positions of Ukrainian forces', Poroshenko said.
The president added that the Ukrainian servicemen completed the due training that is necessary to use this particular kind of weapon.
'You've seen the happy faces of our soldiers. Their dream has come true today. This is a very symbolic thing because it's a symbol of cooperation with our U.S. partners', he said.
The president thanked his counterpart Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, Secretary of the State Mike Pompeo and other top-rank officials for their support of Ukraine and for making the respective decision.
The launches of Javelin missiles appeared to be successful, as all rockets hit the targets. The military also performed training launches of Ukraine-made anti-tank missile systems Stugna.