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U.S. Announces Additional $200mm In Security Aid To Ukraine (But Trump’s A Russian Agent)

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Here is the announcement from the D.O.D website:

The Department of Defense announced today that they will provide $200 million to Ukraine in security cooperation funds for additional training, equipment and advisory efforts to build the defensive capacity of Ukraine’s forces.

This reaffirms the long-standing defense relationship between the United States and Ukraine and brings the total U.S. security sector assistance to Ukraine to more than $1 billion since 2014.

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The added funds will provide equipment to support ongoing training programs and operational needs, including capabilities to enhance Ukraine’s command and control, situational awareness systems, secure communications, military mobility, night vision, and military medical treatment.

The security cooperation builds on Ukraine’s recent adoption of the Law on National Security. This law, which provides a legislative framework for aligning Ukraine’s national security architecture with Euro-Atlantic principles, constitutes a major step toward Ukraine’s goal of achieving NATO interoperability. The implementation of these reforms will bolster Ukraine’s ability to defend its territorial integrity in support of a secure and democratic Ukraine.

A timeline for delivery and fielding of equipment will be determined at a later date.

The government in Kyiv has been fighting an insurgency in the Donbass region of East Ukraine for four years. The rebels are supported and armed by the Russian Federation, which Moscow has denied. The Obama administration refused to arm President Poroshenko’s military against the pro-Russian separatists.

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