Israel refused to supply ‘fire-and-forget’ SPIKE ATGMs to Ukraine

WASHINGTON — The second attempt by the administration of US President Joe Biden to force Israel to deliver anti-tank fire-and-forget missiles again failed. Jerusalem refuses to supply Ukrainian forces with SPIK ATGM, keeping more on the direct line with Russian President Vladimir Putin and the tacit agreement that Moscow will help Jerusalem with military operations against Iranian assets in Syria.

Israel refused to supply 'fire-and-forget' SPIKE ATGMs to Ukraine - eurospike
Photo: EuroSpike

The American online portal Axios writes about the refusal, saying that it has received official confirmation from sources in the American and Israeli administrations that the refusal is a fact. Axios writes that the United States has insisted that Israel allow the United States and European countries to send the European version of the missile, which is produced in Europe – EuroSpike ATGM.

EuroSpike GmbH is a joint venture established by the German companies Diehl Defense GmbH & Co. KG and Rheinmetall Electronics GmbH and the Israeli company Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd. It manufactures Spike LR missiles [its offer also includes other Spike models] at the plant in Röthenbach a.d. Pegnitz is also responsible for promoting Spikes in Europe. Therefore, all new European users of these missiles have been buying them from this company since the creation of EuroSpike. In addition to the German Bundeswehr, Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia also have Spike LR missiles provided by EuroSpike GmbH.

BulgarianMilitary.com recalls that Israel has so far provided 2,000 helmets and 500 bulletproof vests to help Ukraine. BulgarianMilitary.com also recalls that in addition to Israel, other US allies in the Middle East, such as Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, refuse to support US policy on the war in Ukraine.

Israel refused to supply 'fire-and-forget' SPIKE ATGMs to Ukraine
Photo: EuroSpike

Axios says Washington’s desire to persuade Jerusalem to supply EuroSpike missiles is an indication that the stockpile of weapons that Western countries can rearm Kyiv is running out. “Thousands of Western anti-tank missiles and anti-tank grenade launchers that rearmed Kyiv have not changed anything on the front, especially in Donbas, where the situation of Ukrainian troops is deteriorating every day,” Axios wrote.

2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine

On 21 February 2022, the Russian government claimed that Ukrainian shelling had destroyed an FSB border facility on the Russia Ukraine border, and claimed that it had killed 5 Ukrainian soldiers who tried to cross into Russian territory. Ukraine denied being involved in both incidents and called them a false flag.

On the same day, the Russian government formally recognized the self-proclaimed DPR and LPR as independent states, according to Putin not only in their de-facto controlled areas, but the Ukrainian Oblasts as a whole, and Putin ordered Russian troops, including tanks, to enter the regions.

On 24 February 2022, Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered an invasion of Ukraine by Russian Armed Forces previously concentrated along the border. The invasion followed by targeted airstrikes of military buildings in the country, as well as tanks entering via the Belarus border.

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Russia has so far not recognized the invasion of Ukraine as a “war”, although that is exactly what it is, claiming that it is a “special military operation”. According to the UN, in which Russia has its permanent representation, for military action to be defined as a “special military operation”, it must have a resolution issued by the UN. There is no such resolution, which automatically defines the military actions of the Russians as an invasion and war against the citizens of Ukraine.

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