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U.S. hands over advanced radar systems to Ukraine

Saturday, November 14, 2015 - 00:59

Ukrainian armed forces receive advanced radar systems from the U.S. capable of stopping rocket and artillery attacks. Natasha Howitt reports.

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The U.S. is handing over two weapon-locating radars to Ukraine. The systems are designed to detect and track incoming artillery and rocket fire, and determine the point of origin. These military jeeps have the U.S.-made radars - worth about 10 million U.S. dollars each - attached to them. They will help Ukraine's army prevent attacks by rebel-controlled territories in the east. At the handing-over ceremony, President Petro Poroshenko says the situation on the front-line remains "extremely tense and dangerous". He describes himself as being "overwhelmed by emotions" that such systems have finally arrived. Ukraine has repeatedly asked Western nations to provide Kiev with modern weapons. The United States and NATO say their aid is non-lethal. Two months ago, a fragile ceasefire with pro-Russian separatists was agreed, but violence has again escalated in recent weeks. According to the Ukrainian military, five of their soldiers have been killed in the past 24 hours.

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U.S. hands over advanced radar systems to Ukraine

Saturday, November 14, 2015 - 00:59