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 Ukraine to Receive Military Aid Including Lethal Weapons from NATO Countries - Poroshenko

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Agreement with NATO member countries to supply high-precision weapons to Ukraine was reached during the NATO summit.

As reported by Censor.NET, at a joint press conference with NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen, President Petro Poroshenko stated: "As a result of our bilateral consultations, nearly every country has pledged assistance to Ukraine. First of all, it concerns the military and technical cooperation for provision of non-lethal as well as lethal weapons, including high-precision ones."

He also stated the arrangements for the medical treatment of the wounded ATO troops in the countries of the Alliance and supply of necessary medical equipment and medicines.

Poroshenko thanked all members of NATO, who expressed strong support, including financial assistance, which was announced at the summit in the format of four trust funds.

"The resources will be allocated for important areas of Ukrainian security: improvement of logistics and military management system, improving communication techniques, and arranging digital security. All the participants of the summit have pledged to contribute," the President said.

Meanwhile, NATO has no objection to such supplies, and even encourages them.

"The resolution of the NATO-Ukraine Commission will contain language on encouraging the military and technical cooperation," Poroshenko said.

Poroshenko did not specify with which countries the agreements for military assistance has been reached.

According to NPR, U.S. General Philip Breedlove serving as NATO Supreme Allied Commander for Europe stated in an interview with the channel: "Many nations are looking at bilateral aid, both lethal and non-lethal. And then, NATO will also be looking at its aid to Ukraine as an alliance. And all of that should be announced over the next, say, 36 hours."

The United States has so far opted against providing military assistance to the government in Kyiv, with the White House saying repeatedly there is no "military solution" to the clashes between the central Ukrainian government and pro-Russian separatists.

The U.S. has already provided $60 million for nonlethal assistance, including night vision goggles, body armor, communications equipment, medical supplies, and rations. NATO is also expected to approve a $15.8 million aid package that would boost Kyiv's military and cyber defense capabilities, and the U.S. and European allies are expected to conduct joint military drills in western Ukraine later this month.

But pressure on the administration to escalate aid has increased in recent days, with NATO satellites showing Russian troops operating across the border in Eastern Ukraine.

As reported by The Hill, Reps. Marcy Kaptur (D-Ohio) and Jim Gerlach (R-Pa.) have introduced a bill that would provide Kyiv with military supplies and additional intelligence capabilities, and other top congressional Democrats have voiced support for lethal aid.

"We have equipment coming out of Afghanistan. I think it would be very easy for this to happen," Kaptur said Wednesday during an interview with CNN. "The Ukrainians have to fight their own battle, again, against Russian forces without intelligence. It's very, very difficult, and my goodness, they didn't even have equipment to stop tanks that were coming over their border."

Among the arms reportedly under consideration are Javelin anti-tank missiles, which could help Ukraine repel the heavily armed vehicles crossing the border from Russia.

President Obama met with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and other European leaders Thursday morning on the sidelines of the NATO summit in Wales. Poroshenko was expected to brief the heads of state on current peace negotiations with Moscow, and will address a session of the NATO-Ukraine Council later in the summit.
Источник: https://en.censor.net.ua/n301258
 
 
 
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