We tracked down the story of Azovets, an urban tank Azov Regiment revealed in 2015 with fanfare. Once a promising concept and prototype ended in tears of its creator.
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Ukraine has been asking the US for lethal support since the begging of the conflict with Russia in 2014. However, US provided only non-lethal support until the last week. US approved the sale of 210 anti-tank Javelin missiles along with 37 launch units to Ukraine for $47 millions. The training of Ukrainian soldiers has already begun. The weapons will probably be delivered to Ukraine around April, according to several US officials. Which Ukrainian unit will receive the weapons is currently unknown but our bets are on 95th Airborne brigade. The unit received several T-80BVs last year and is considered as best fighting force in Ukrainian Armed Forces.
On January 24, 2018, Battalion Kulchitskyi received four new light armored vehicles Varta. The equipment was handed to battalion by Colonel Roman Leonovich, commander of 27th Brigade of National Guard.
Varta is 4×4 light armored vehicle developed by Ukrainian company Ukrayinska Bronetekhnika. The vehicle was accepted into service in 2016 and handled to special force unit Kord. Units of National Guard received first vehicles in 2017, including Azov Regiment.
Our page of Battalion Kuchitskyi was updated to reflect this change.