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Wednesday, November 26, 2014 11:55 AM
 
United States plan to increase military assistance and additional funds to Ukraine.
Barack Obama’s administration plans to increase military assistance to Ukraine and hopes the Congress will allocate additional funds for the purpose from the budget for the 2015 fiscal year, US officials told journalists on Sunday after Vice-President Joe Biden’s visit to Morocco, Ukraine and Turkey.
     
Barack Obama’s administration plans to increase military assistance to Ukraine and hopes the Congress will allocate additional funds for the purpose from the budget for the 2015 fiscal year, US officials told journalists on Sunday after Vice-President Joe Biden’s visit to Morocco, Ukraine and Turkey.
Ukrainian army soldiers from battalion 'Aydar' practise shooting during a military drill in the village of Schastya, near the eastern Ukrainian town of Luhansk September 20, 2014. (Credit: Reuters/Mks Levin))
     

The United States will expand assistance to Ukraine in security, one of US officials said. First radars to detect the location of enemy mortars have been already delivered and some more will be delivered soon. Some military equipment and army vehicles from excess supplies in the Pentagon's inventory, including Humvee vehicles, will also be provided for the Ukrainian armed forces.

The United States has already allocated $100 million and plans to spend tens of millions more to train Ukrainian soldiers. The planned financing is under consideration at the Congress, the official said.

The US officials said that aid for Ukraine should be provided by many countries and international organizations. The United States alone can not ensure a proper amount of aid and expect the IMF and Europe to participate, a presidential administration spokesman said.

Increasing military aid to Kiev was announced by Washington before Biden’s visit, and Moscow immediately paid attention to it, warning that if offensive weapons are supplied to Ukraine it would be violation of the April 17 Geneva agreements.

 

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