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 NATO’s supreme allied commander in Europe says US must strengthen Ukraine’s defense capability as much as possible

The Kremlin uses military campaigns in Ukraine and Syria for testing new types of weapons and methods of warfare.

As reported by Censor.NET citing Voice of America, U.S. Army General, Supreme Allied Commander Europe Curtis M. Scaparrotti said at a hearing of the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee. He also advocated granting lethal weapons to Ukraine.

According to the alliance's top commander, the Ukrainian Army is opposed by the so-called separatists who are actually backed by the Russian Federation which supplies them with lethal weapons and also tests some new methods of warfare. In this regard, Gen. Skaparotti said the U.S. had to strengthen defense capability of the Armed Forces of Ukraine as much as possible.

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The NATO's commander said the Russians did the same things in Ukraine as they had done in Syria: they used the Ukrainian conflict as a testing ground for their latest methods of warfare that included reduction of time gap between the target acquisition and destruction, in particular with the use of drones.

Skaparotti said this issue was also of concern to the U.S. as other terrorists also started using these methods to a certain extent. He said the U.S. is also upgrading these techniques since cooperation with Ukraine's government also provides the opportunity to test some inventions.

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The alliance's top commander believes that Ukraine must be provided with early warning systems to be able to oppose the actions of Russia's accomplices.

As reported, the U.S. House of Representatives approved the allocation of $150 million in defense aid to Ukraine which includes training, equipment, lethal weapons of a defensive nature, logistics support, supplies and services, sustainment, and intelligence support to the military and national security forces of Ukraine.
 
 
 
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