18 January 2018, 16:21


Poroshenko’s PR move to get Javelins not to impact Donbass situation - People’s Militia

LUGANSK, January 18 (Lugansk Media Centre) - The supplies of Javelin anti-tank missiles to Kiev planned by Washington will not affect the situation in Donbass; Ukrainian President Petr Poroshenko only needs them to bolster his image, LPR People’s Militia spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Andrey Marochko told a news briefing at Lugansk Media Centre on Thursday.

In late December 2017, US State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert said in a statement that Washington would provide Kiev with "enhanced defensive capabilities." She added that "U.S. assistance is entirely defensive in nature” but refused to elaborate. Earlier, western media reported Washington’s plans to supply “lethal weapons” to Kiev, including anti-tank missile systems Javelin which it claimed were ‘defensive.’ Poroshenko confirmed at the meeting of Ukraine’s National Security Council on 17 January that Kiev was awaiting Javelin supplies.

“The noise around so-called ‘superweapons’ is Poroshenko’s new PR move; Javelin supplies will not impact the general situation,” Marochko said.

“It is planned to begin the supplies in approximately six months after Ukraine prepares the storage sites, but it’s a big problem in the Ukrainian army: we repeatedly saw ammunition dumps and rocket artillery bases blast, so we have doubts regarding the supplies,” he said.

Earlier, LPR envoy to Minsk talks, acting LPR Foreign Minister Vladislav Deinego said that in case of lethal weapons supplies to Ukraine Kiev forces would lose or sell them.

Ukraine has been in talks with western countries over lethal weapons supplies since the beginning of the Donbass conflict in 2014, but it has not been successful so far. USA currently gives Kiev with ‘non-lethal assistance’ such as armoured vehicles, unmanned aerial vehicles and radio electronic systems including counterbattery assets and also helps train Ukrainian military. Meanwhile, U.S. media reported Washington’s plans to supply anti-tank missiles and air defence systems to Kiev.

Western politicians and military use the euphemism “lethal weapons” to mean military goods intended for destroying enemy manpower, equipment and structures. Various types of military hardware and equipment as well police riot control gear and equipment are regarded as “non-lethal weapons.”

The Package of Measures for the Implementation of the Minsk Agreements was adopted by the Contact Group on Ukraine on 12 February 2015 and supported by member states of the Normandy Four (Germany, Russia, Ukraine and France). The UN Security Council approved the document by its 2202 Resolution and called upon all the sides to ensure full implementation of the Package of Measures.

The document provides for comprehensive ceasefire, withdrawal of all heavy weapons from the contact line, starting a dialog on reconstruction of social and economic ties between Kiev and Donbass. It also envisages carrying out constitutional reform in Ukraine providing for decentralization and adopting permanent legislation on a special status of certain areas of the Donetsk and Lugansk regions.

LuganskMediaCentre — 18 January — Lugansk