U.S. approves license for Ukraine to buy small arms from U.S. firms

Ukrainian Military Pages

The U.S. State Department has approved an export license for Ukraine to buy certain light weapons and small arms from U.S. manufacturers, spokeswoman Heather Nauert said on Wednesday.

That was reported by The Washington Post.

The commercial license covers weapons in categories such as semi-automatic and automatic firearms up to, and including, .50 caliber weapons. It also includes combat shotguns, silencers, military scopes, and flash suppressors, as well as parts.

In particular, the license allows the export of Model M107A1 Sniper Systems to Ukraine.

The sale is valued at $41.5 million and the weapons will assist the Ukrainian military address areas of weakness as they battle a Russian-backed separatist movement in two provinces.

Ukraine has bought small amounts of those types of weapons for several years, both before and after the 2014 Russian annexation of Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula.

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