Ukraine tells US it needs 500 Javelins and 500 Stingers a day

A Ukrainian soldier holds the FGM-148 Javelin, an American-made man-portable anti-tank missile at a checkpoint near Kharkiv on March 23. (Sergey Bobok/AFP/Getty Images)

Ukraine has updated its lengthy wish list for additional military assistance from the U.S. government over the past few days to include hundreds more anti-aircraft and anti-tank missiles than previously requested, according to a document provided to CNN that details the necessary elements.

Ukrainians have submitted similar lists in recent weeks, but a recent request to US lawmakers appears to reflect a growing need for US-made Stinger anti-aircraft missiles and Javelin anti-tank missiles – with Ukraine saying it needs them. urgent 500 of each, daily.

In both cases, Ukraine is asking for hundreds more missiles than included in a similar list recently provided to US lawmakers, according to a source familiar with the two requests.

The new list comes as the Ukrainians have claimed they face a potential shortage of weapons amid an ongoing Russian assault, prompting some pushback from US officials and the NATO who point out that more military aid is already flowing into the country.

By March 7, less than two weeks after the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the United States and other NATO members had sent about 17,000 anti-tank missiles and 2,000 anti-aircraft missiles to Ukraine.

Since then, NATO countries, including the United States, have maintained the arms and equipment pipeline, even as Russia has threatened to target the shipments.

The last of $350 million in security aid approved at the end of February arrived in Ukraine in the past few days, a senior defense official said, while the next two packages totaling $1 billion have already begun to flow. to arrive.

US President Joe Biden said on Thursday that “armor systems, ammunition and our weapons are pouring into Ukraine as I speak.” The defense official said it would take “several flights over several days” to get the equipment to Eastern Europe before it enters Ukraine at several land border crossings.

Meanwhile, on Wednesday, the UK announced it would send an additional 6,000 missiles, including anti-tank and explosive weapons, to Ukraine, along with around $33 million in financial support for the Ukrainian military. .

The list provided to CNN details several other urgent needs, including: jets, attack helicopters and anti-aircraft systems like the S-300.

Two types of Russian-made aircraft are listed in the document, including one designed to provide close air support to troops on the ground. Ukraine has requested 36 of each plane, according to the list provided to CNN.

Some congressional lawmakers believe the United States should provide Ukraine with the weapons it requests as soon as possible.

Sen. Jacky Rosen, a Democrat from Nevada, traveled to Poland and Germany last weekend to meet with civil society organizations helping Ukrainian refugees arriving in those countries as well as U.S. troops stationed overseas to help with humanitarian efforts.

Rosen said his biggest lesson from the trip was the “sense of urgency” on the pitch.

“They need all the tools not just to survive the war, but to win the war, so whether we provide them with air-to-surface missiles, drones, all the military support,” Rosen told CNN.

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