Pentagon Announces $250M in Equipment for Ukrainian Military

An Ukrainian army reservist aims at a target as he takes part in military exercises in the Army Training Center near the village of Desna, Chernigiv region in northern Ukraine, on December 19, 2018. - Tensions between Ukraine and Russia rosed on November 25, 2018, when Russian forces seized three …
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The Pentagon announced Tuesday plans to provide $250 million to Ukraine for training, equipment, and advisory efforts, to enhance the country’s military.

“This reaffirms the long-standing defense relationship between the United States and Ukraine and will bring total U.S. security assistance to Ukraine to $1.5 billion since 2014,” a Pentagon statement said.

The money will go towards equipment to support Ukraine’s navy, naval infantry, and its land and its special operations forces.

The equipment will include sniper rifles, rocket-propelled grenade launchers, and counter-artillery radars; command and control; electronic warfare detection and secure communications; military mobility; night vision; and, military medical treatment.

The U.S. has provided Ukraine with equipment since Russia invaded it in 2014 and annexed Crimea. Since then, Russia and Ukraine have been fighting a low-level war along and within Ukraine’s border in the East.

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