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 Ukraine needs just 1,240 Javelin missiles to deter further Russian aggression, Poroshenko says

President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko says that 1,240 was the number of nuclear warheads Ukraine gave up under the 1994 Budapest Memorandum, jointly signed by the U.S., Britain and Russia.

He said this in an interview with The Wall Street Journal, Censor.NET reports.

"We're looking for just 1,240 Javelin missiles, and this is absolutely fair," he said when a sked about the kind of weapons his armed forces would need to deter further aggression by Russia and its separatist proxies in eastern Ukraine.

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The number 1,240 has special significance for Mr. Poroshenko. He says that was the number of nuclear warheads Ukraine gave up under the 1994 Budapest Memorandum, jointly signed by the U.S., Britain and Russia. "Ukraine voluntarily gave up its nuclear arsenal," Mr. Poroshenko says, "and in exchange for that the United States of America and Great Britain... promised to guarantee our sovereignty and territorial integrity."

At the same time Poroshenko stressed: "We aren't demanding that British, American or French soldiers come here and fight for us. We're doing this ourselves, paying the most difficult price - the lives of my soldiers. We need just solidarity."

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The president said that the West would ultimately pay the price for appeasement and myopia. "If we do not stop the aggressor, that means global security doesn't exist. Anytime, any plane or submarine can make a missile attack, including against the U.S."

That's a lesson the West should have learned from the July 2014 Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 tragedy, in which putative separatists armed by Moscow shot down a passenger jet en route to Kuala Lumpur from Amsterdam.

Poroshenko also drew attention to the constant shelling by the terrorists. On Sunday there were 70 instances of shelling from separatist positions. The daily average during the past two months was 100. The numbers are lower compared with the height of the conflict, but the suffering "is still tremendous. Altogether the number of civilians and military personnel [dead] is now close to 9,000. Nobody can imagine that this can happen in the center of Europe in the 21st century."

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