US Finalises Sale Of 150 Anti-Tank Missiles To Ukraine Days After Trump Impeachment Probe

New Delhi, News Nation Bureau | Updated : 04 October 2019, 07:18 AM
The deal includes 150 anti-tank missiles to help fight Russia-backed separatists.
The deal includes 150 anti-tank missiles to help fight Russia-backed separatists. (Photo Credit : File Photo )

The US State Department has approved a sale of military equipment to Ukraine. The deal includes 150 anti-tank missiles to help fight Russia-backed separatists. A Defence Security Cooperation Agency notice says the USD 39.2 million sale includes 10 launch units for the Javelin missiles and related equipment. The US has been providing assistance to Ukraine since Russia-backed separatists invaded in 2014 following the ouster of a Kremlin-backed leader in an Eastern European country that was once part of the Soviet Union.

Air Force General Tod Wolters, the Supreme Allied Commander, told Pentagon reporters on Thursday that he believes that the US should send more Javelins to Ukraine beyond those already in the pipeline.

Donald Trump has come the closest to being impeached after US Democrats opened a formal inquiry into allegations that he sought help from a foreign power - Ukraine - to damage a political rival. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced the formal impeachment inquiry into Trump saying said the president "must be held accountable". Trump has denied any impropriety and called the efforts "breaking news Witch Hunt garbage".

However, Donald Trump is unlikely to face impeachment as the inquiry is unlikely to pass the Senate, where Republican Party has a clear majority.

Many Democrats have been calling for an impeachment inquiry into Trump even before the latest 'Ukraine' controversy. The row was sparked after reports surfaced saying that an intelligence whistleblower had lodged a formal complaint about a phone call between Trump and Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky.

It is be alleged that during the conversation Trump threatened to withhold military aid to force Ukraine to investigate corruption allegations against former Vice-President Joe Biden and his son Hunter.

Biden is currently the front-runner in the race for Democratic nominee for 2020 Presidential Elections.

Trump has already acknowledged discussing Joe Biden with Zelensky but said he was only trying to get Europe to step up assistance by threatening to withhold military aid.

Nancy Pelosi has been resisting the call to launch an impeachment inquiry so far. However, she finally made the call and said Trump had committed "a violation of the law", She called his actions "a breach of his constitutional responsibilities".

First Published: Friday, October 04, 2019 07:12 AM

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