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Putin Is Angry: Ukraine Is Getting Thousands of Javelin and Stinger Missiles

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Javelin anti-tank missile. Image Credit: Creative Commons.

Ukraine Set to Receive More Javelin and Stinger Missiles – Ukrainian National Security and Defence Council Secretary Oleksiy Danilov announced on Saturday that Ukraine is expecting a new shipment of weapons, including Stinger missiles and Javelins within a matter of days.

“The weapons will be on the territory of our country in the nearest future,” he said. “We are talking about days.”

What Are Javelin and Stinger Missiles?

The Javelin is an American-made missile launcher that uses an infrared-seeking missile. The weapon has been used heavily by Ukrainian soldiers to destroy Russian tanks. Thousands have already been deployed to Ukraine.

2,000 Javelin missiles were pledged by the United States before this latest delivery was announced.

The Stinger missile, officially the FIM-92 Stinger, is a portable air-defense system that utilizes an infrared-seeking surface-to-air missile. The missile uses IR and UV sensors to track targets and is also effective at tracking and destroying drones and aircraft.

Stinger missiles were used successfully by the mujahedeen’s ground troops during the 1980s Soviet-Afghanistan war.

Ukraine Receives Additional Anti-Tank Weapons from Europe

On top of missiles from the United States, Ukraine continues to receive large numbers of both guided and unguided anti-tank weapons from Europe. The missiles have proven essential for the Ukrainian military, allowing Ukrainian fighters to hold off Russian invaders from several major population centers, including Kyiv.

Ukrainian fighters have so far been able to hold off a 40-mile convoy of Russian military vehicles that arrived in Kyiv last week and dispersed around the city. 500 Stinger missiles were pledged to Ukraine by Germany.

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Image of Javelin anti-tank weapon. Image Credit: US Department of Defense.

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Javelin Missile. Image Credit – Creative Commons.

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Javelin anti-tank weapon. Image Credit: Creative Commons.

Germany also pledged to supply 1,000 anti-tank weapons from its arsenal. Sweden has already delivered 5,000 anti-tank weapons and Norway has pledged 2,000.

Is Russia Running Low on Ammunition?

Several experts have warned over the last week that Russia is coming close to running out of ammunition – perhaps revealing why Russian President Vladimir Putin recently appealed for military assistance from China.

Ben Hodges, a retired United States Army officer who previously served as commanding general for United States Army Europe, told CNN on March 14 that Russia may be just 10 days away from running out of troops and ammunition.

“I believe that we are probably about 10 days away from Russia culminating. In other words, running out of time, running out of people, and running out of ammunition,” he said.

Ivan Ingraham, who served as a Special Operations Officer for the United States Marin Corps, for 24 years, also said in an opinion piece published on March 10 that Russia’s lack of progress in Ukraine was not surprising.

“Many Russian units are running short on fuel and ammunition. A forty-mile convoy on single-lane roads is a combined arms engagement dream. I can only imagine artillery instructors at Fort Sill, where the U.S. military trains its artillery forces rolling their sleeves with glee to set up sand table training, never mind free and open engagement areas for aerial-delivered munitions from platforms like the A-10 Warthog, which would be well-suited to striking a long-sprawling convoy,” he wrote in Task & Purpose.

Unless Russia shifts to new military tactics or receives assistance from China – and unless Russian troops successfully destroy more ammunition depots in Ukraine – the Russian forces may find themselves forced to retreat within a matter of days.

Jack Buckby is a British author, counter-extremism researcher, and journalist based in New York. Reporting on the U.K., Europe, and the U.S., he works to analyze and understand left-wing and right-wing radicalization, and reports on Western governments’ approaches to the pressing issues of today. His books and research papers explore these themes and propose pragmatic solutions to our increasingly polarized society.

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Jack Buckby is 19FortyFive's Breaking News Editor. He is a British author, counter-extremism researcher, and journalist based in New York. Reporting on the U.K., Europe, and the U.S., he works to analyze and understand left-wing and right-wing radicalization, and reports on Western governments’ approaches to the pressing issues of today. His books and research papers explore these themes and propose pragmatic solutions to our increasingly polarized society.

5 Comments

5 Comments

  1. Alex

    March 19, 2022 at 6:51 pm

    All these complexes will help Dnbass. Donbass takes them away from Bandera Nazis. The Slavs of Donbass thank you for your support.

  2. Redman

    March 19, 2022 at 7:46 pm

    The hit of a tank but by a missile is subject to lethal metal splinters, not to mention lethal temperatures. This may explain a separate article I read about numerous bodies returned over the border to the russians slot in crime. Someone did video the body train, so Much so that the russians changed body loading to night time to hide the extent of Russian losses. The Russians lost 15,000 in Afghanistan in 10 years. If the Ukrainian advice of Russian losses is accepted, Russia is going to lose more than afghanistan within 3 weeks. Effectively Russian losses are a factor of over 170x afghanistan.

  3. Alex

    March 20, 2022 at 12:25 pm

    Oh, those tens of thousands of dead Russian soldiers. The real figure is known only in Russia. Even the US represents between 4,000 and 7,000 people. And this should at least be divided by 5. It is immediately clear that the Ukrainian troll is writing. Either a green man, then a red one, then a blue one … More fantasy, Bandera Nazi! 🙂

  4. Sam McGowan

    March 20, 2022 at 5:21 pm

    Sending weapons to Ukraine then actually getting them to the troops are two different things. They have to be trucked from the supply bases and trucks are subject to air attack. Not to mention the Russians are now hitting the Ukrainian supply and training bases in Western Ukraine. There is a lot of speculation and few facts being tossed around by various people. I don’t know if 1945 pays for submissions or not but they probably do. If they pay, people are writing stuff for money.

  5. Mike

    April 1, 2022 at 1:21 am

    So where are the a-10s and artillery batteries? Where are the MIGs, SAMs and anti-ship missiles?

    They don’t have them.

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