Poroshenko: Ukraine needs 1,240 Javelin missiles
Ukraine needs 1,240 Javelin anti-tank missile systems to deter further aggression by Russia and its separatist proxies in eastern Ukraine.
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said this in an interview with The Wall Street Journal.
"We're looking for just 1,240 Javelin missiles, and this is absolutely fair," he said.
The number of 1,240 has special significance for Poroshenko, as it is the number of nuclear warheads that Ukraine gave up under the 1994 Budapest Memorandum.
"Ukraine voluntarily gave up its nuclear arsenal, and in exchange for that the United States of America and Great Britain ... promised to guarantee our sovereignty and territorial integrity," the President said.
Poroshenko stressed that Ukraine is not "demanding that British, American or French soldiers come here and fight for us."
"We are doing this ourselves, paying the most difficult price - the lives of my soldiers. We need just solidarity," Poroshenko said.