In a move no doubt intended to discourage Russian involvement in Ukraine, the U.S. government announced plans to give the Ukrainian military training, technology and weapons, Interfax-Ukraine reports.
The announcement was made by U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Geoffrey Pyatt in an interview with the Ukrainska Pravda online newspaper. The diplomat listed two challenges for Ukrainian security forces: eliminating corruption within its structure and developing a coherent response to Russian military activity. Russia annexed the territory of Crimea when political divisions in Ukraine grew into violent disorder earlier this year.
Pyatt said the U.S. has provided night vision devices, first aid kits, body armor and ready-to-eat military meals to help improve the Ukrainian military’s ability to act in the short term. The United States’ longer-term plans “are aimed primarily at retraining and raising the professionalism of Ukrainian military to create what President Petro Poroshenko said he really wants - an army built in line with NATO standards,” Interfax-Ukraine reports...truthdig
U.S. Will Train Ukrainian Military, May Supply Weapons
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