President, Supreme Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko made a working trip to the military training area and checked the readiness of the AFU to use the American anti-tank missile complexes “Javelin”.
“Finally this day has come! Today, on May 22, for the first time in Ukraine, the trial of Javelin anti-tank complexes of the third generation took place. I am convinced that today, combat capabilities of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, missile troops and artillery have grown significantly,” the President said.
“Of course, it is a defensive weaponry that will be used only in case of the offensive on the positions of Ukrainian troops by the Russian Federation,” he said.
Petro Poroshenko stressed that the units of the Ukrainian Armed Forces had passed respective training to use this weaponry.
The Head of State noted that the American anti-tank complexes had shown extremely high efficiency. "You saw happy faces of soldiers. Today, their dream came true. It is very symbolic, as it is a symbol of our cooperation with our American partners," he added.
The Head of State thanked U.S. President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, U.S. Secretary of Defense, U.S. Secretary of State, U.S. Senate and Congress, all the American partners for supporting Ukraine and approving the relevant decision on the provision of Javelin anti-tank missile complexes.
The President watched the confidence firing at land targets performed by Ukrainian servicemen. All the targets were successfully hit. Also, the training launch of Ukrainian anti-tank missiles, including Stugna, was carried out and showed great results as well.