Ukraine receives first batch of non-lethal military equipment from USA



2014/10/08 • War in the Donbas

The Border Service of Ukraine‬ has received the first batch of non-lethal military equipment from the USA. This aid was handed over as part of the agreements between the authorities of the USA and Ukraine, 5 Kanal TV reported at 3pm Ktyiv time today.

Border guards received the essentials: bullet-proof vests, thermal cameras, binoculars, kneepads and warm clothes, as well as several unmanned aerial vehicles and heavy equipment that will be used for construction of the state border.

The US assistant secretary of state for European and Eurasian affairs, Victoria Nuland, participated in the handover of the equipment. She said there would be several deliveries of this kind. Overall, it is planned to hand over aid to the Ukrainian border guards worth 26m dollars.

Viktor Nazarenko,first deputy head of the State Border Service of Ukraine said: “We are receiving a batch of personnel supply. Human life is the main thing. We are receiving bullet-proof vests of the necessary class and uniforms. You can see that we have already received 1,500 sets. We continue receiving other means of individual protection, such as helmets, kneepads and so on. The second batch we are going to receive is for the winter. We need to get ready.”

Translated by: Peter Dutczyn

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  • Brent

    The United States, the biggest manufacturer and exporter of military equipment in the world, just gave an invaded country binoculars, blankets and kneepads….not sure whether to laugh or cry….I guess Obama was out of red paint after painting all those imaginery lines for Putin not to cross…

    • Jacob Schønberg

      Ukraine is happy and thankfull for the help it gets ! I am sure that everything that is given will be used well

      • Michel Cloarec

        I agree 100%
        So far it seems that Ua Army manage to keep the bandits away and hold the positions.

        • Jacob Schønberg

          But the cost is high! and too many civilians get killed or hurt because the weapons used lack precision and because the bandits shoot from kindergardens , hospitals private homes ect

          • LorCanada

            Yes, it is sad. Always the ordinary people pay the heavy price while the higher echelon walk free.
            Someone ought to zap a missile or two into Putin’s back yard and let him have a taste of his “proxy” war. The noise of constant shelling might disturb his slumber but he’ll have to accept the realities of war that people live through.

          • Jacob Schønberg

            It is better to use the energy and money to help Ukraine to get on foot. If only foreign companies would start to make production in Ukraine and create the jobs needed

    • LorCanada

      I recall President Obama saying he does not rule out more substantial aid in future depending on the situation. Meanwhile, further assistance such as strategic advisers and updated intelligence gathering are vital too.

  • markymarknyc

    Good – if Obama does not have the balls to give the UKR government the sophisticated man portable anti-tank and anti-aircraft weapons they need at least we can supply a large amount of non-lethal equipment such as this plus Humvees, trucks etc. and free up UKR military budget to revamp their weaponry.
    The Russians must be made to bleed heavily for every inch of ground they invade. Eventually they won’t be able to hide all the Russian bodybags being sent home the Russian people will realize what he has got them into. Their economy is starting to tank badly and they will realize that playing the invading dictatorship is expensive on many levels.

  • rgb

    It is good the Ukrainian army has received many of the much needed items, that were lacking, for the war.

    • Murf

      Thank you for your kind words of appreciation.
      Ukraine deserves more, much more. But it seems this is the best the Obama administration is capable of.
      Hopefully there will be more in the future.

  • Murf

    Hay, it’s least and I mean the VERY least we can do.
    This is embarrassingly sparse.
    The US gives more to school districts.
    Obama is such a weasle.