The State Department confirmed that the anti-tank missile systems Javelin had already been delivered to Ukraine. This is reported by Radio Liberty referring to a data of the representative of the US State Department and two other sources.
"They have already been delivered," an official spokesman for the US State Department said on April 30 in response to the publication's request for the transfer of Javelin.
It is noted that shipping of the complexes was confirmed by two sources, who wished to remain anonymous since they were not authorized to speak publicly about this. One source is from Ukraine, the other is from the United States.
At the same time, it is not reported when anti-tank missile systems arrived in Ukraine, whether all of them were sent, whether the Ukrainian servicemen started training using Javelin. However, one of the sources added that the complexes were sent "on time".
Since the beginning of Russia's military aggression in the spring of 2014, Ukraine was negotiating with the United States on the supply of lethal weapons. Previously, Washington supplied Kiyiv with only non-lethal assistance (including armored Humvee cars, RQ-11B Raven drones, and counterbattery radars) and helped with the training of Ukrainian servicemen.
The US defense budget for 2018 presupposes the allocation of $ 350 million to Ukraine for enhancing security and defense, including the use of lethal weapons.
The US State Department on March 1 decided to sell to Ukraine the anti-tank missile systems Javelin.