Ukraine - Russia Invasion conflict

The United States has confirmed the supply of Switchblade loitering munitions to Ukraine. Washington is also training Ukrainian servicemen to operate the kamikaze drones. Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said US specialists had trained a small group of Ukrainian soldiers who arrived at the US back in autumn to operate the drones, adding that they will be able to return home and train other Ukrainian soldiers.

According to information published by the "iNews" website on April 6, 2022, the United Kingdom has already delivered more than 4,200 NLAW anti-tank guided missile weapon systems to Ukraine. Citing Ukrainian military officials, the use of the NLAW allowed the destruction of 30 to 40% of the Russian armored vehicles deployed during combat operations in Ukraine.

According to various media, the United Kingdom is drawing up plans to send Mastiff MRAP and Jackal special forces vehicles to Ukraine. The vehicles would be stripped of their British Army sensitive equipment (armament and radios) and British troops would be sent to a country neighboring Ukraine to carry out training, The Times reported, citing a Defence source.

The U.S. is sending 100 Switchblade loitering munitions (unmanned systems) to the Ukrainians, said Pentagon Press Secretary John F. Kirby echoed by C. Todd Lopez, US DoD News, on April 6, adding that those "suicide drones" are already in Ukraine or will be arriving there shortly.  "We're in discussions with Ukrainians about future ... usages of Switchblade drones, and of course we'll keep that option open going forward," he said. 

US President Biden on April 5 authorized another $100 million in military aid to Ukraine for more FGM-148 Javelin antitank missiles. ”Ukraine’s armed forces have an urgent need for more of these particular weapons, which they have been using so effectively to defend their country”, U.S. DoD press secretary John Kirby said. This gift comes on top of the $300 million package of military aid announced by the Pentagon on April 1, which Army Recognition detailed.

MOSCOW, April 4. /TASS-DEFENSE/. Russian armed forces have purportedly used advanced Zemledeliye mine-laying systems during the special operation in Ukraine, Jane’s analytical and information agency reported with reference to a video circulating on social media: “Video circulating on social media since 27 March shows two vehicles launch a full salvo of 50 mine-loaded rockets each, the footage was purportedly taken in Kharkiv Oblast,” the article reads.

The Biden administration will work with allies to transfer Soviet-made tanks to bolster Ukrainian defenses in the country’s eastern Donbas region, a U.S. official said on April 1, echoed by Helen Cooper in The New York Times. It comes in response to a request from Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy. Reports are indeed emerging that the U.S. will broker transfers of T-72 tanks from NATO countries’ Soviet-era stocks to Ukraine, Stetson Payne reports in The Drive.

British soldiers have taken up the challenge to sort and pack 84,000 surplus helmets bound for the Ukrainian military in just two weeks. Thirty members of the Midlands’ based “Poachers” from 2nd Battalion The Royal Anglian Regiment, have been hard at work for the last week and completed the packaging of all the helmets last Friday, April 1.

Russia has already lost more than $10 billion worth of military equipment in Ukraine to date (April 1, 2020), the Ukrainian Defense Ministry said in a statement released on Telegram, Ukrinform reports. "Due to the coordinated interaction of troops and forces, a large amount of Russian equipment is being destroyed. The enemy has already lost [military equipment] worth more than $10 billion," the statement said.

Brendan Nicholson and Marcus Hellyer of the Australian Strategic Policy Institute report that, in a speech to Australia’s parliament on March 31 night, Ukrainian Prime Minister Volodymyr Zelensky asked for ‘wonderful’ Bushmaster troop carriers, which he said could significantly help his country: ‘For example, you have wonderful Bushmaster armoured vehicles that can significantly help Ukraine. As well as other models of equipment and weapons that can strengthen our position. If you have the opportunity, Ukraine will be grateful to you.

As largely documented by countless pictures and videos posted on many social networks, Ukrainian forces continue to capture, or at least stumble across, numerous examples of some of Russia's most sophisticated ground combat hardware, on top of impressive numbers of common tanks, armored and soft-skin vehicles, often completely destroyed by anti-tank missiles fired from the ground or by attack drones, if not by artillery and tank fires.

British -made anti-aircraft missiles are about to be deployed by Ukraine in the conflict for the first time, Glen Owen reported on Daily Mail on 26 March 2022. Defence Secretary Ben Wallace told The Mail that the Starstreak system – a MANPADS (man-portable missile) that travels at more than three times the speed of sound to take down low-flying enemy jets – was ready to be used imminently.

According to CNN, Ukraine has updated its wish-list of military equipment that it is requesting from the US with hundreds more missiles that weren't previously included in the last list, Jak Connor reports on TweakTown. The newly updated list features an increased number of FIM-92 Stinger anti-aircraft missiles and FGM-148 Javelin anti-tank missiles, with Ukraine stating that it needs 500 of each per day.

According to a picture published on the Twitter account of Ukraine Weapons Tracker on March 24, 2022, Ukrainian forces reportedly captured a 2S7M Malka 203mm self-propelled howitzer, which is considered the most powerful conventional artillery system in the world. In February 2022, videos were released on the Internet showing 2S7M Malka, a modernized version of the 2S7 Pion, in Belgorod on the way to the Ukrainian border.

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