November 21 – Fort Russ News –
– Novorosinform, translated by Tom Winter
|Screen capture from VoA video at source|
Spring Branch, Texas. Director of AirTronic USA confesses to supplying grenade launchers to Ukraine.
The United States of America already sells lethal weapons to Ukraine. In particular, a company from Texas, AirTronic USA, having received a license, delivers grenade launchers to Ukraine, reports Voice of America.
As noted, we are talking about the PSRL grenade launchers – this is an improved version of the Soviet RPG-7 created in the US.
The company’s CEO Richard Wendiver says that he started cooperation with Ukraine two years ago, and the first deliveries of grenade launchers to Ukraine began in 2016.
“We began to deliver our product to Ukraine last year, we continue to supply to this day. I can not talk about the details of how and what we do, but I can say that we are in very close coordination with the American embassy, with the State Department, the Pentagon and with the Ukrainian government,” he added.
“Obviously, the PSRL is a lethal weapon system, but this is a defensive lethal weapon, it’s not some serious missile system, they have only 1000 meters range. As long as these weapons systems remain on the Ukrainian side of the border, this is not an offensive weapon,” said Wendiver.
We note that officials have repeatedly rejected the supply of lethal weapons to Ukraine. In particular, on November 20, Deputy Ambassador of Great Britain to Ukraine Helen Fejzi said that Britain continues to help Ukraine, but the question of the possible provision of lethal weapons is not considered.
Earlier, in September, US President Donald Trump also denied Ukraine the supply of lethal weapons.
Nevertheless, on November 16, during a meeting with the new Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Wes Mitchell, the Speaker of the Verkhovna Rada Andriy Parubiy again made a request to provide Ukraine with lethal weapons.
We add that, according to Eduard Basurin, deputy commander of the operational command of the Donetsk Peoples Republic, NATO and the United States have long been conducting illegal arms deliveries to Ukrainian militants.
We should also note that in August Yuriy Butusov, a Ukrainian journalist, published data on the supply of lethal weapons to Ukraine, in particular, sniper rifles and batches of the PSRL-1 grenade launchers.