Ukraine Finds New Faith in Saint Javelin

A U.S. Marine attached to Weapons Company, 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment – “The Lava Dogs” fires a Javelin at a simulated enemy tank during Lava Viper aboard Pohakuloa Training Area, Hawaii, May 29, 2015. / U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Ricky S. Gomez/Released

One of the two greatest equalizers in the current Ukraine conflict is the U.S.-made Javelin anti-tank missiles. The other would be the U.S.-made Stinger anti-aircraft missile. In this piece we will focus on the former, and Ukraine’s love for the devastating tank-busting weapon.

Being a devout Catholic country, many Ukrainians have dubbed Mary Magdalene, known as the “Apostle of the apostles,” and a symbol of redemption, as St. Javelin.

In a viral meme, Mary Magdalene can be seen cradling the non-religious FGM-148 Javelin portable fire-and-forget anti-tank missile. And though they may not actually be praying to her, she is becoming quite the symbol of Ukrainian resistance.


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