Help for Ukrainian soldiers. What weapons are key to stopping the Russian advance? | iRADIO

Since the beginning of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, allied countries have sent Kiev a lot of equipment to help stop the Russian advance. Over 30 countries sent weapons to Ukraine. See the list of the most important ones according to the BBC server.



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6:00 a.m September 4, 2022

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Ukrainian soldiers near the city of Izjum, where fierce fighting is taking place | Photo: Jorge Silva | Source: Reuters

The United States of America supports Ukraine the most, which recently announced the largest financial injection to date worth three billion dollars (about 74 billion crowns). Second are the United Kingdom and Poland. With its support of 0.34 billion dollars (about 8 billion crowns), the Czech Republic is in 6th place. The BBC server informs about it.

Weapon systems

But war is not only about weapons, but also about training, spare parts and other support. The BBC compiled a list of key weapons for Ukraine.

Long-range missiles

These systems help Ukraine hold important positions. The United States has sent 12 M142 HIMARS systems to Ukraine, which are American salvo rocket launchers that allow Ukraine to fire at targets up to 50 kilometers away. Compared to their Russian counterparts, they are much more accurate.

But Ukraine says it needs many more to prevent Russia from advancing.

According to The Defense Post, Germany will deliver over 250 Vulcan missiles to Ukraine, which should ensure more accurate strikes against stationary and moving targets.

The United States will send HIMARS missile launchers to Ukraine (pictured) | Source: Reuters

Howitzer

At the beginning of July, Australia, Canada and the United States sent over a hundred M777 howitzers and 300,000 pieces of ammunition to Ukraine. They have a similar range to the Russian Giantsint-B howitzers and greater than the Russian D-30.

According to the Radio Free Europe/Radio Svoboda server, Ukraine also uses 18 Polish AHS Krab howitzers. They can fire at targets up to 400 kilometers away.

Ukrainians fire from Polish howitzer AHS Krab | Photo: Ammar Awad | Source: Reuters

Anti-tank weapons

Allied countries have sent about five thousand NLAW rocket launchers to Ukraine, which should destroy tanks in one hit. These weapons were probably important for stopping the Russian troops advancing on Kyiv.

As the Business Insider website writes, the USA donated over 5,500 Javelin rocket launchers to Ukraine, which can hit tanks from above, where the armor is weakest. The United States also supplied more than 14,000 other anti-tank vehicles.

NLAW Anti-Tank Rocket Launchers | Photo: EyePress News | Source: Reuters

Tanks

Ukraine received more than 230 tanks from Poland and the Czech Republic. The Ukrainian army mainly uses T-72 tanks. It also received Challenger 2 tanks from the United Kingdom.

Tank T-72M4CZ Army of the Czech Republic | Photo: Alexandr Satinský / MAFRA | Source: Profimedia

Drones

For Ukraine, drones are very important because they are used for surveillance, targeting and moving cargo. Turkish Bayraktar TB2 drones, which Ukraine bought from Turkey, are very effective on the battlefield. They fly at an altitude of about 8 kilometers and hit Russian targets with precision laser-guided missiles.

Turkish drone Bayraktar TB2 | Photo: Aziz Karimov | Source: Reuters

The United States has delivered over 700 Switchblade drones to Ukraine: small explosive-laden machines, often called “kamikaze drones.” The explosive is strong enough to destroy a tank, the BBC reports.

As the iROZHLAS server previously wrote, Ukraine will also receive Black Hornet drones from Norway and Britain, which are very small and so difficult to target. They are purely reconnaissance: they can carry up to three cameras.

Anti-aircraft defense

Using US NASAMS anti-aircraft systems, Ukraine prevented Russia from controlling its airspace. Kyiv also acquired S-300 systems from Slovakia.

According to the Business Insider server, Stinger anti-aircraft missiles, which Ukraine received from the US, are also important. Rocket launchers can also shoot down other missiles.

As The Hill reports, Ukraine also received NASAMS missiles that can hit a target at a distance of 160 kilometers.

Russian-made S-300 air defense missile system | Source: Reuters

Jiří Čaník

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