AllvertaGlobal – A number of countries supply weapons to Ukraine, infuriating Russian President Vladimir Putin. Here are 11 countries that angered Putin by helping Ukraine.
Russia has been pounding Ukraine since February 24. Moscow forces have now encircled one-fifth or 20 percent of Ukraine.
The war that never stopped made a number of countries, especially the United States, continue to supply weapons to Ukraine.
The US is said to be sending a rocket launcher system to Ukraine to turn the tide of the war in the Donbas. Kyiv forces remain defeated and are claimed to be asking for more heavy weapons. Ukraine says the war with Russia is entering a protracted phase and requires continued military support, not just once.
“The West must understand that its assistance cannot be done once, but something that continues until our victory,” Ukrainian Deputy Defense Minister Ganna Malyar told local media quoted by Al Jazeera.
The following is a list of countries that supplied weapons to the former Soviet Union and made Putin furious, quoted by Al Jazeera:
- United States of America
Last week, the United States agreed to deliver the high mobility artillery rocket launcher system (HIMARS). HIMARS is part of a weapons package worth US$700 million or around Rp. 10 trillion.
Since the war raged in Eastern Europe, the Joe Biden government has sent $4.5 billion worth of military aid.
The weapons include 72 howitzers or ground attack artillery measuring 155 mm, 72 vehicles to transport personnel, 144,000 ammunition, 120 Phoenix Ghost tactical drones.
Washington also sent helicopters, personnel carriers, 1,400 anti-aircraft systems, 5,000 Javelin anti-tank missiles and thousands of rifles with ammunition and other weapons.
Turkey also sent weapons to Ukraine in the form of Bayraktar TB2 combat drones.
Ukraine used the TB2 to outwit the Russian warship, the Moskva, before it sank in mid-April.
Before the invasion, Ukraine had about 20 TB2. Last March, the Kyiv government admitted to receiving more combat drones but gave no further details.
Britain has committed to helping Ukraine by issuing a budget of US $ 566 million or around Rp. 8 trillion. The aid included 120 armored vehicles, 5,800 anti-tank missiles, five air defense systems, a thousand rockets and 4.5 tonnes of explosives.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has also pledged electronic warfare equipment, a counter-battery radar system, GPS jamming equipment and thousands of night-vision devices. In addition, London claims to have trained 22,000 Ukrainian soldiers.
Canada also supplied military aid to Ukraine worth US$208 million or around Rp. 3 trillion. Late last May, Justin Trudeau’s administration said it had delivered 20,000 artillery shells, M777 howitzers, rifles, ammunition, high-resolution satellite imagery, rocket launchers, thousands of hand grenades and two tactical airlifters.
German Prime Minister Olaf Scholz said he would send an air defense system capable of protecting major cities from Russian air attacks. Scholz also said he would send a missile tracking system. In late April, Berlin violated its policy by sending howitzers and self-propelled tanks.
Germany has also been negotiating with countries in Eastern and Southern Europe about sending some of their Soviet-era equipment to Ukraine in exchange for newer models.
In April, Spain packaged 200 tons of military equipment to Ukraine. The weapons included 30 trucks, several heavy transports, and a vehicle.
In the same month that Spain sent war supplies, France also sent military equipment worth US $ 107 million or Rp. 1.5 trillion.
Last week, French President Emmanuel Macron pledged to increase military assistance to Ukraine in the form of MILAN anti-tank missiles and Caesar’s self-propelled howitzers.
- Nordic Countries
The Nordic countries also sent military aid to Ukraine. Norway, for example, sent 100 French-made Mistral anti-aircraft missiles to Ukraine as well as 4,000 M72 anti-tank guns.
Then it was Sweden which announced it would send 10,000 single-use anti-tank launchers along with mine equipment.
Finland, meanwhile, will send 2,500 assault rifles to Kyiv, 150,000 rounds of ammunition, and 1,500 single-use anti-tank launchers. A month after the war, Helsinki said it would send more weapons, without specifying the type or quantity.
Denmark also said it would send 2,700 anti-tank launchers. On a recent visit to Kyiv, the Danish Prime Minister, Mette Frederiksen, announced that he would send $88 million worth of weapons.
Washington says Denmark plans to send the Harpoon anti-ship missile system, which can target ships 300 km (186 miles) offshore.
- Baltic States
Latvia sent ammunition, stingers and drones as well as unnamed fighters.
A week ago, hundreds of Lithuanians contributed to a fundraiser to buy Turkish drones for Ukraine in its war against Russia.
Estonia sent Javelin anti-tank missiles, howitzers, anti-tank mines and anti-tank guns, and pistols along with ammunition.
- Central and Eastern Europe.
Slovenia also sent Assault rifles and Kalashnikov ammunition. Meanwhile the Czech Republic sent military aid worth US$152 million or Rp2.1 trillion and said it was planning further supplies worth up to US$30 million or Rp433 billion.
The Czech government is said to provide helicopter gunships and rocket systems. Prague also said the Czech company would repair Ukrainian tanks.
- Western and Southern Europe
Belgium says it has sent 5,000 automatic rifles and anti-tank guns to Ukraine. The Netherlands has also promised delivery of 200 Stinger missiles and will send a limited number of howitzers.
Under the deal announced by German Chancellor Scholz on May 31, Greece would send Ukraine some Soviet-era tanks in exchange for more modern vehicles from Berlin. Athens has also delivered 400 Kalashnikov assault rifles, rocket launchers and ammunition.