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Putin Is Angry: Here Are the Weapons Greece Just Gave to Ukraine

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1st Lt. Ryan Rogers assigned to 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), fires the Javelin shoulder-fired anti-tank missile during platoon live fire exercise at Fort Campbell, Ky. Jan. 30, 2019. (U.S. Army Photo by Capt. Justin Wright)

Ukraine reportedly received a new batch of BMP-1 fighting vehicles from Greece this week, with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy thanking Greek President Katerina Sakellaropoulou for the latest round of military aid granted by the country.

The two presidents met in Kyiv on November 3 and discussed defense cooperation measures as well as plans to strengthen the sanctions levied against Russia. The Ukrainian president also confirmed that the pair discussed options for rebuilding Ukraine once the war comes to an end.

“The community of Ukrainian Greeks traditionally lives in the south of our country, a large part of which was badly affected by the Russian strikes,” Zelenskyy said in a nightly video address. “When we return the Ukrainian flag to all the cities and villages of the country’s south, we will invite Greece to participate in restoring normal life there.”

The Greek president also confirmed that Greece does not recognize Russia’s annexation of four Ukrainian territories and insisted that her country has been on Ukraine’s side “since day one.”

“We support your determination to protect your territorial integrity and will support you as long as necessary,” she said.

What Did Greece Send?

The Ukrainian president thanked the Greek president for the arrival of the first batch of BMP-1 fighting vehicles, a Soviet-era amphibious tracked infantry fighting vehicle. Development of the vehicle began in 1960 and was first used in the Soviet Army in 1966, and has remained in service to this day. Several more modern versions of the tank are also in service.

The vehicle is used by both the Ukrainian and Russian military today, and is heavily used in the Ukraine conflict due to how widely available the model has become.

In October, German Defense Minister Christine Lambrecht also announced that Greece and Slovakia had agreed to send 100 armored vehicles to Ukraine.

“We live in critical times, and in such times, it is important to know where we have gaps in the defense. Air defense is one such area where action is urgent”, Lambrecht told reporters in Lithuania.

Germany also sent Greece a batch of Marder infantry fighting vehicles in mid-October as part of a swap. As part of the deal, Germany provided the vehicles to Greece so that the country could provide 40 Soviet tanks to Ukraine.

Deals like these have remained commonplace throughout Europe, whereby countries send Soviet-era equipment that Ukrainian soldiers are more familiar with in return for more modern tanks, vehicles, and weapons.

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.

8 Comments

8 Comments

  1. Cheburator

    November 5, 2022 at 11:23 am

    – Greece – devastates its warehouses with weapons, sending weapons to Ukraine, and does not have the ability to promptly replenish stocks.
    – Turkey – hello.

  2. Attila

    November 6, 2022 at 3:57 am

    Putin says Russian missiles can hit London in 7 minutes would some one tell these THIRD WORLD SCUM NATION Russians that TH UK can decimate Russia within 5 minutes you Russian buffoons and demented gargoyles.

    • Yusef

      November 6, 2022 at 10:11 am

      You need to understand something. The UK is tiny compared to Russia. One Russian “satan 2” missile can take out the entire UK and it can hit them in less than 2 minutes if launched from Kaliningrad , with a Zircon hypersonic missile which travels at mach 8. UK can NEVER win a war vs. Russia.

  3. Rick

    November 6, 2022 at 10:24 am

    Why is pootie angry Greece is sending weapons? Shouldn’t he be more concerned about murdering his own soldiers who retreat? Give him enough time and he’ll murder the entire russian army. Life is good if you aren’t an orc being shot by Wagner’s thugs.

    • Froike

      November 6, 2022 at 4:52 pm

      Simple…Putin is an Evil POS, who cares nothing about Human Life. He cares less about his Soldiers than he does about Ukrainian Civilians.
      I’m hoping that his own Military will end him. He deserves a Qadaffi Broomstick Ending.

  4. Wharfplank

    November 7, 2022 at 11:15 am

    The only way this ends well is for Putin to be arrested/neutralized by his own circle.

  5. Joe Mama

    November 7, 2022 at 11:36 am

    BMPs and NOT tanks!!!

  6. Boris Badanov

    November 7, 2022 at 11:38 am

    BMPs are NOT tanks, they are infantry fighting vehicles. Do some research!

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