BETS ($1 = 0.97 euros) — Military aid to Ukraine continues. France, one of the most active European countries in aid to Ukraine, is sending a new batch of weapons to the Ukrainian armed forces. Earlier in the day, French Defense Minister Sebastien Lecornu announced that his country was ready to send self-propelled howitzers and armored personnel carriers.
Lecornu’s statement was made after the government in Paris was ready with the quantities and weapons systems to be sent. These are about 20 ACMAT Bastion armored personnel carriers and up to a dozen additional CAESAR self-propelled howitzers.
Later that day, video emerged from a French rail security camera which captured a train loaded with CAESAR SPH and ACMAT Bastion APC. It is not clear if the video is from today [November 14th] and whether it is the military aid announced today.
Rail and air transport have become congested in the past nine months since Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24. There are several distribution centers and depots in Europe to receive weapons donated to Ukraine. One of the largest is in Stuttgart. Most likely, however, the French train goes directly to Poland. From there, the weapon systems will be handed over to the Ukrainian Armed Forces.
Continued deliveries of heavy weapons to Ukraine suggest that Kyiv will continue counter-offensive actions in eastern Ukraine. After regaining control of the key city of Kherson and in fact a river [Dnieper] separates the two belligerent armies, a regrouping of Ukrainian troops and a resumption of fighting are expected.
Some key deliveries that have been announced in recent weeks indicate that Ukraine is ready not only to return to areas temporarily occupied by Russia this year, but also those of 2014, such as Crimea.
The United States is ready to deliver new HAWK anti-aircraft missile systems. Italy is considering the donation of SAMP/T air defense systems, but here it seems that the decision will depend on France. Japan is ready to review its principles and rules on arms donations, which so far have prevented easy arms exports. Japan would be able to supply the Ukrainian army with its surface-to-air Type 91 MANPADS.
In addition to Washington guaranteeing more supplies of NASAMS anti-aircraft systems, last but not least, there are growing voices “in favour” supplying Western combat aviation. The last “rumors” stemmed from a report by the Royal United Services Institute [RUSI]whose analysis showed that the Swedish SAAB Gripen would be an excellent counter-power to the Russian Su-30 and Su-35.
In addition to the promise [and apparently sent already today self-propelled howitzers and armored personnel carriers]France delivered only a month ago to Ukraine CROTAL air defense system.
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