US delivers Javelin antitank missiles to Ukraine

US delivers Javelin antitank missiles to Ukraine

The United States has confirmed its delivery of American-made, Javelin antitank missile systems to Ukraine.

"They have already been delivered," RFE/RL cited a US State Department official as saying.

In a statement posted on Facebook, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko also confirmed the delivery.

“I can confirm that the long-awaited weapon arrived in the Ukrainian army” Poroshenko said on Facebook.

"I am sincerely grateful for the fair decision of [US President] Donald Trump in support of Ukraine, in defense of freedom and democracy," Poroshenko wrote. "Washington not only fulfilled our joint agreement, it demonstrated leadership and an important example."

In March the US State Department approved the possible sale of Javelin systems to Ukraine at an estimated cost of $47 million.