NATO Allies Send Ukraine 17,000 Anti-tank Missiles in Six Days: Here's the Result

Ukrainian leaders say the shipments – sent by U.S. and other NATO allies – have made a difference against Russia's armored vehicles, The New York Times reports

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Destroyed Russian armored vehicles in the city of Bucha, west of Kyiv, Friday.
Destroyed Russian armored vehicles in the city of Bucha, west of Kyiv, Friday.Credit: ARIS MESSINIS - AFP

In just six days, the United States and other NATO allies have supplied Ukraine with more than 17,000 anti-tank weapons, the New York Times reported Sunday.

The shipments include the medium-range, U.S.-made Javelin; the Anglo-Swedish short-range NLAW; rocket-propelled grenades; and other anti-tank systems, according to the report.

Remains of Russian military vehicles on a road in the town of Bucha, close to the capital Kyiv, Ukraine, Tuesday.Credit: Serhii Nuzhnenko /AP

Ukrainian forces during the Russian invasion of Ukraine

Similar ammunition was supplied to Ukraine before the war broke out, along with Bayraktar drones supplied by Turkey before and during the conflict.

According to the New York Times, 70 percent of the $350 million military aid, approved by U.S. President Joe Biden on February 26, was delivered within five days in an attempt to get the weapons into Ukraine before Russian forces started attacking aid convoys.

.Ukrainian troops fighting north of Kyiv
Unverified video purportedly showing Ukrainian soldiers firing RPGs at Russian forces, location unkn

These arms shipments were largely shipped from Germany initially, and then were sent through Poland, Romania and a few other neighboring countries before continuing over the Ukraine border to Kyiv and other major cities.

Ukrainian leaders informed U.S. officials that the weapons shipments were "making a difference on the battlefield," according to the Times.

Reports have suggested that anti-tank missiles have helped the Ukrainian military stave off Russian advance north of Kyiv and in other regions. The question remains, however, if this would be enough to block the Russian miliary from capturing the capital, Kyiv.

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