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Factbox-Ukraine gets weapons from the West but says it needs more

KYIV (Reuters) – Western countries have stepped up arms deliveries to Ukraine but it says it needs more in order to resist Russia’s bigger and better-equipped army.

Here is a summary of the military equipment Kyiv has bought or been given or promised, and the requests still outstanding.

The UNITED STATES has provided over $2.5 billion in military aid since 2014, including Javelin anti-tank missiles, coastal patrol boats https://www.reuters.com/world/europe/us-patrol-boats-sent-beef-up-ukrainian-navy-near-black-sea-2021-11-20, Humvees, sniper rifles, reconnaissance drones, radar systems, night vision and radio equipment. A bipartisan group of U.S. senators https://www.reuters.com/world/us-senators-promise-solidarity-weapons-ukraine-warning-putin-2022-01-17 last week promised further supplies that could include Stinger anti-aircraft missiles, small arms and boats.

BRITAIN last week supplied a reported 2,000 short-range anti-tank https://www.reuters.com/world/uk/uk-says-supplying-ukraine-with-weapons-system-defend-against-russia-2022-01-17 missiles and sent British specialists to deliver training. It has also provided Saxon armoured vehicles.

BALTIC STATES https://www.reuters.com/article/baltic-ukraine-security-idUSL1N2U127L Estonia is sending Javelin anti-armour missiles and Latvia and Lithuania are providing Stinger missiles.

TURKEY https://www.reuters.com/world/middle-east/ukraine-uses-turkish-drones-donbass-conflict-zone-putin-tells-erdogan-2021-12-03 has sold Ukraine several batches of Bayraktar TB2 drones that it deployed against Russian-backed separatists in the eastern Donbass region, infuriating Moscow.

The CZECH REPUBLIC https://www.reuters.com/article/czech-ukraine-ammunition-idUSL1N2U11RH said last week it plans to donate a shipment of 152mm artillery ammunition.

GERMANY https://www.reuters.com/world/europe/germany-will-not-supply-weapons-kyiv-now-defence-minister-says-2022-01-22 is ruling out arms deliveries to Ukraine but is co-financing a $6 million field hospital and providing the necessary training.

UKRAINE’S WISHLIST of items it wants to buy or obtain includes:

– Helicopters, communications systems and light armoured vehicles from the United States

– NASAMS surface-to-air missile system from Norway

– Self-propelled DANA artillery system from Czech Republic, and shells for Soviet-made artillery with calibers of 120 mm and above

– Medium and short range air defence systems

(Reporting by Pavel Polityuk, editing by Mark Trevelyan, William Maclean)

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