Turkey supplies Ukraine with new weapons despite Russia objection

Following Ukraine signing of an agreement for the purchase of 12 Turkish Bayraktar Tactical Block 2 (TB2) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAVs) back in January 2019.

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko announced that Ukraine has successfully tested the Turkish-made combat armed drones.

“I congratulate the Ukrainian Armed Forces and our partners from Turkey, as well as all Ukrainians. Today we acquired a completely new modern weapon,” said Poroshenko, who personally oversaw the tests in western Khmelnytskyi region.

He added that the Bayraktar TB2 drones were an “excellent” contribution to the strengthening of Ukraine’s defensive capabilities amid the ongoing war against Russian-backed separatists in the country’s east.

Delivering the UAVs to the Ukrainian army, the president said special operations forces, paratroopers, motorized troops and other military units would use the drones.

Back in January, Russia’s Foreign Ministry’s spokesperson Maria Zaharov said in an interview, she conceded to the fact that “bilateral military technical partnership is a sovereignty right. The issue is that there is a civil war in the country.” Zaharova ended her remarks by saying that such sale of drones can make the crisis worse.

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