Western alliance sends ‘hundreds’ of Soviet-era air defenses to Ukraine

A group of four countries announced a new fund on June 15th which will deliver vital short- and medium-range air defense systems and “hundreds” of vital Soviet-era air defense missiles to Ukraine.

The defense ministries of Denmark, the Netherlands, the UK and the US agreed to the package during a meeting of the Ukrainian Defense Contact Group (UDCG), which brings together 50 nations that provide various forms of military support to Ukraine.

The four countries will procure hundreds of short- and medium-range air defense systems through the fund. The team has already started delivering the equipment over the next few weeks.

The package consists largely of Soviet-era missiles, supporting Ukraine’s most pressing needs for systems to support offensive operations and protect critical national infrastructure.

Ukraine’s counteroffensive against Russia, now ten days old, is making slow progress on the eastern and southern fronts as it battles a Russian defense network that includes extensive minefields and pre-planned buffer zones used to direct and channel offensive maneuvers.

That fund comes on the heels of a series of military aid packages from Ukraine’s Western allies last week.

The US provided combat vehicles and ammunition, bringing its total support to around $40 billion. the Joint Expeditionary Force, a military alliance of northern European countries, provided $116.2 million worth of air defense. Denmark and Norway, together, provide part separately for the creation of 9,000 rounds of artillery. while the United Kingdom recently procured a batch of long-range Storm Shadow missiles.

However, it was found that sustaining Ukraine’s exhausting efforts would require an even more effective strategy as opposed to a phased artillery and ammunition package.

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Ahead of the NATO summit in Vilnius next month in July, UK Defense Secretary Ben Wallace will attend a meeting with other ministers to discuss changes to NATO’s military structures.

Ministers intend this review will strengthen ties with the defense industry while ensuring the alliance has the resources it needs to meet threats across the board – laying the groundwork for NATO’s biggest transformation in decades.

These changes signal the alliance’s attempt to formulate a coherent strategy to help overcome the conservation crisis.

What is the idea behind sending obsolete kit?

We must remember that Ukraine was formerly part of the Soviet Union.

This not only explains why Russia is claiming sovereign Ukrainian territory due to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s twisted narrative of the two countries’ historical ties, but also tells us that the Ukrainian Armed Forces are well-equipped and familiar with Soviet-era systems.

While this package, which largely includes legacy missiles, may seem like a step backwards, it saves Ukrainian soldiers time to learn systems as they did with Britain’s Challenger 2 main battle tanks or the F – 16 fighter jets.



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