Military news: how the West helps the military of Ukraine

Six months ago in the pages of the new York times has already published a review of only the us assistance to the armed forces of Ukraine, including deliveries of drones, protivoavariynykh systems and Humvee. Over the last six months in the foreign media there are new reports and recommendations on the subject.

72 mentioned in July and delivered US drones Raven RQ-11B Analog, by the way, figured out by December 2016. Advisor to the chief of the General staff of the Armed forces of Ukraine Natan Khazin told Reuters that analog drones useless in terms of warfare in the Donbass: they were intercepted and jammed, they were given the position of the Ukrainian forces, the validity of the charger was short-lived and, in fact, supplied the drones could not perform intelligence functions. From may to June 38 the Ukrainian military were trained in Alabama to the management of these drones. As a result, Raven RQ-11B Analog quickly removed from the front lines of the unsuitability and the associated risks. Then Khazin told Reuters that Ukraine buys components in China, Australia and the Czech Republic to collect your cheaper drones, exceeding technical specifications Raven RQ-11B Analog.

In the fall of 2016 published study by the European Council on foreign relations (European Council for Foreign Relations) about the support of Ukraine with countries-members of EU. The speech was primarily about money. The IMF has earmarked € 15.4 billion for the EU — 3.16 billion Euro, world Bank — 2.45 billion euros, the USA — of 2.49 billion euros. Basically we are talking about the financing of the macroeconomic and civil initiatives. If you talk about the care of individual European countries, Germany has provided loans to 500+EUR 200 million, Poland — by EUR 100 million, Sweden for EUR 100 million. The rest of the EU has helped Ukraine in minor amounts. UK October 2015 involved 19 teams that were involved in the training of the Ukrainian military, including intelligence activities. Germany provided medical support to the armed forces of Ukraine. Poland and Romania did, including military and technical support, including the supply of lethal weapons Ukraine and Croatia participated in the training of military medics and mine action. Latvia in the framework of NATO programs have participated in the training of the Ukrainian military, Lithuania has allocated 125 thousand euros for medical assistance to the armed forces of Ukraine. The report notes that “at least publicly” no country in the EU have not supplied lethal weapons to Ukraine, but under bilateral military agreements unnamed countries are trained together with special forces of Ukraine, adopt experience of warfare in the Donbass and to learn about Russian tactics.

In September Lithuania Ukraine supplied 150 tons of ammunition for small arms. In December it became known that the agreement on cooperation in the defense sphere between Poland and Ukraine, and the U.S. Congress increased assistance in the area of security for Ukraine to $ 350 million in the next budget year.

January 20, the UK said it will help the soldiers of Ukraine at least one year and will expand its assistance. Now, English instructors will be trained and the air force and Navy of Ukraine. By March of this year through the English military courses will be held five thousand of the Ukrainian military, which is a thousand more than planned. The British train the Ukrainians in February 2015 as part of operation ORBITAL.

26 January 2017, the former Deputy commander of NATO forces General Richard Shireff, speaking in London, said that NATO should not intervene in the conflict, but individual countries could enter into bilateral agreement with Ukraine and to supply weapons. NATO was limited to the training of the Ukrainian military and the former Soviet republics and the countries-participants of the Warsaw agreement would help Ukraine with military equipment and weapons of the Soviet era.

On 1 February the Minister of defense of Canada harjit Sajjan (Sajjan Harjit) stated that Canada is considering ways to improve military support to Ukraine. About 200 canadian military in the summer of 2015 engaged in training the Ukrainian military. Through the canadian courses already went to 2600 Ukrainian soldiers, and now speech can go about granting “akineticakih” military equipment and satellite imagery in the interests of Ukrainian intelligence.

2 Feb Terrell Starr (Starr Terrell), the author of the popular military-themed online Foxtrot Alpha, says that the US needs to supply weapons to Ukraine to support independence and the suppression of conflict in the heart of Europe, which threatens the security of the West. Starr is in Kiev and says that the Ukrainians are particularly interested in the supply of anti-tank systems “javelin”. It also proposes to organize training and supply of arms to Ukraine by the example of Georgia in the 2000s, but this time not to send trained part of Iraq, as it was with the Georgians, and leave them to fight for their country.

3 Feb Vincent Dueñas, major, U.S. army, veteran of the war in Afghanistan and a graduate of the School of advanced studies in international relations at Johns Hopkins University, advises point use special forces and eliminate the separatist leaders in Donbas. While not forgetting about propaganda, cyber warfare, work with the population of Donbass, the talk about autonomy and the fight against corruption in Kiev. Major notes the important contribution of NATO and the United States in the modernization of the armed forces of Ukraine and considers that Ukraine needs more weapons, more participation of Ukraine in NATO exercises and the increased presence of NATO forces in the country. 8 Feb was killed Mikhail Tolstoy (call sign “Givi”).

7 Feb Canada reported type of assistance provided to Ukraine in the framework of operation UNIFIER. According to the Canadians, about 200 instructors from summer 2015 trained 3100 the Ukrainian military. Since 2014, Canada has allocated for aid (not just military) Ukraine $ 700 million. The first deliveries took place in November 2014 and comprised of boots, outerwear, pants and gloves. Then the Canadians began to put the medical equipment, communications equipment, night vision devices.

And, finally, on 9 February, NATO Deputy Secretary rose Gottemoeller at a meeting with Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Groysman in Brussels, pledged that NATO will continue to support Ukraine. And today, NATO has provided in the framework of the rehabilitation program for the assistance of 150 servicemen of the Ukrainian armed forces, last year the educational programme of NATO was about 800 Ukrainian soldiers, as well as NATO provides assistance in the field of cybersecurity and reforming the military institutions of Ukraine.