On Monday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov commented on the circulating news about the use of the US Javelin anti-tank missile system by the Ukrainian military forces in Donbass.
The newspaper “Rossiyskaya Gazeta” quoted Lavrov’s statements in this regard, who said, “There is no accurate information about the use of the American Javelin anti-tank missile systems in the Donbass by the Ukrainian army.”
Lavrov added, “I have not heard of this news and have not seen any messages,” drawing attention to “the conscious current in the Ukrainian leadership, especially on the part of the Ukrainian army.”
“When such hard-line rhetoric is shed, it seems to reflect the desire to make a provocation and bring the conflict to a hot stage,” Lavrov added.
Lavrov drew attention to the story of the use of the Turkish Bayraktar unmanned aerial vehicle, saying, “It is not that they said that they did it by chance, because the Minsk agreements categorically prohibit this. They reported it with pride.”
Lavrov also noted that there is a clear confusion in the official Ukrainian statements.
On Sunday, the head of the Military Intelligence Directorate of the Ukrainian Defense Ministry, Kirill Budanov, revealed that for the first time the army used the American anti-tank missile system “Javelin” in Donbass.
This announcement was made by the Ukrainian military official during an interview with the “Military Times” website, in which he said: “This American Javelin missile system, along with the Turkish Bayraktar drones, will become an important psychological deterrent during the confrontation with the military forces in the Donetsk and Lugansk republics.” .
Budanov also stressed that “Kiev needs the support of the United States, while he is sure that Washington should provide it as soon as possible.”