As Russia eyes US forces ahead of the summit, Biden will send $150 million in military aid to Ukraine.
The Pentagon unveiled a $150 million military aid package for Ukraine as Russia kept a careful eye on US forces prepared to train alongside their Ukrainian counterparts, as well as in the run-up to US President Joe Biden’s first meeting with Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin.
The package is part of the Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative, which was launched in 2016, and will include “training, equipment, and advisory efforts to assist Ukraine’s forces in maintaining the country’s territorial integrity, securing its borders, and improving interoperability with NATO,” the 30-nation Western military alliance with which Kyiv has partneredâ€”but no military hardware.
The latest aid package “includes capabilities to improve the lethality, command and control, and situational awareness of Ukraine’s forces through the provision of counter-artillery radars, counter-unmanned aerial systems, secure communications gear, electronic warfare, and military medical evacuation equipment,” as well as “training and equipment to improve operational safety and c
The $125 million package includes “armed Mark VI patrol boats, counter-artillery radars, tactical equipment, support for a satellite imagery and analysis capacity, and equipment to support military medical treatment and battle evacuation procedures,” according to the statement.
The Pentagon, on the other hand, sent a message to Ukraine, urging it to stick more closely to NATO standards.
This meant a set of reforms to “better align Ukraine’s defense enterprise with the core NATO principle of democratic civilian control of the military; adopt a defense industry strategy that better supports the needs of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, bolsters Ukraine’s economic competitiveness, and improves corporate governance; adopt foreign direct investment controls based on national security interdependencies; adopt foreign direct investment controls based on national security interdependencies; adopt foreign direct investment controls based on national security interdependencies; adopt foreign direct investment controls
On Twitter, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky expressed his gratitude to the White House, saying, “for this crucial contribution to saving lives of our soldiers & boosting skills of [the Ukrainian]army.”
The announcement came as US and Ukrainian military prepared for the annual Exercise Sea Breeze in the Black Sea, which they will be participating in alongside partners. This is a condensed version of the information.