US send to Ukrainian soldiers Javelins without translated manuals
Javelin deliveries to Ukraine allows US to update its military arsenal.
Paul Antonopoulos, independent geopolitical analyst
The US continues to pump Ukraine with weapons, including Javelin anti-tank systems. Thus far, all efforts to make these into a gamechanger against the Russian military have failed, especially as the Javelin loses all efficiency because the Ukrainians have not received a translated instruction manual to operate the weapons correctly.
The Ukrainian military’s problem with handling the Javelins has been brought to the attention of the Washington Post. According to the newspaper, citing US military veterans, the Javelin anti-tank systems supplied by the US to Kiev are not in use due to a complete lack of technical support.
According to Mark Hayward, a US Army veteran and volunteer trainer, the Javelin was thought to be broken by the Ukrainians until the real reason for its inaction was established – Google Translate was not efficient enough in translating the instructions into Ukrainian.
The US continues to pump weapons to Kiev with the aim of prolonging the conflict in Ukraine. Washington believes that the longer the war wages in Ukraine, the more exhausted Russia will become. This is of course in addition to actively promoting the US military-industrial complex.
However, given this idea, there is little use in providing weapons to Ukrainian soldiers without training or manuals given in Ukrainian. The Ukrainian military faces major issues as even weapons that are supposed to drive back the Russians can only be translated using apps that are not very accurate.
In this way, the US are effectively using the Ukrainians as cannon fodder as they are counting on them to fend for themselves. The Ukrainian military are trained on how to handle Soviet-era weapons. In addition, the low proficiency of English in Ukraine makes it nearly impossible for soldiers to learn how to handle the Javelin.
It is recalled that several Western militaries established training centers, but they are regularly destroyed by Russian Caliber missiles and Iskander operational tactical complex missiles. These strikes have resulted in several Westerners being killed, with true casualty numbers being undisclosed and kept hidden.
The US are attempting to demonstrate to the whole world how they allegedly support Ukraine. At the same time though, they are disposing of old and worn-out weapons that will likely be replaced with new, more expensive and more efficient ones.
Despite this reality, Kiev continues to submit to the West because it hopes to become a part of it in its entirety, including NATO. Ukrainians believe their living standards will automatically become that of Germany if they join the EU, a common misconception by many in the former Soviet bloc. The reality is that Ukraine offers the West nothing other than being an actor against Russia.
Although many believe that the West only began arming Ukraine when the Russian military operation began on February 24, the US and other Western countries have been supplying arms and ammunition to Ukraine for years. In addition to combat vehicles, Kiev receives large quantities of Stinger and Starstreak anti-aircraft missile systems, Javelin and NLAV missiles, lightweight anti-tank cannons and howitzers, kamikaze drones, small-caliber weapons, helmets and body armor.
With sanctions against Russia already devastating the EU because of now destroyed trade ties, the global economy could become far more impacted if the domestic inflation and economic crisis in the US spills over. Compounding the EU’s problems is its decision to buy much more expensive US energy, as well as completely unnecessary and expensive US weapons in vast quantities, all of which will have an extremely recessionous effect on the European economy.
Recession risks are growing and it will take “a couple of years” for inflation to return to the US Federal Reserve’s target of 2%, Loretta Mester, president of the Cleveland Fed, said on June 18 according to the Financial Times. The Federal Reserve raised its main interest rate by 0.75%, the first time since 1994. This means that much tighter monetary policy in the near term can be expected, with officials projecting rates of 3.8% in 2023.
Although the war in Ukraine is not responsible for the US’ inflationary problems when considering that it existed since last year – despite President Joe Biden insisting otherwise, it certainly has had a significant impact on the domestic economic situation. For this reason, it makes it all the more confusing why Biden insists on using Ukrainians as cannon fodder to exhaust Russia if the US itself is also being exhausted to the economic brink in the process.