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Pentagon Sends the Ukrainian Military $250mn in Guns “to Strengthen Civilian Control of the Military”

Kiev has received $1.5 billion in military/'civilian-control strenghtening' aid since 2014

The United States has announced a $250m military aid package for war-torn Ukraine to strengthen the country’s naval and land capabilities.

The Pentagon said on Tuesday that the US would also provide Ukraine with naval training, as well as sniper rifles, rocket-propelled grenade launchers, radars and night vision equipment.

“The United States remains committed to helping Ukraine … to strengthen democratic civilian control of the military, promote command and control reforms, enhance transparency and accountability in acquisition and budgeting, and advance defence industry reforms,” Lieutenant Colonel Carla M Gleason, a Pentagon spokesman, said in a statement.

“These reforms will bolster Ukraine’s ability to defend its territorial integrity in support of a secure, prosperous, democratic and free Ukraine,” Gleason added.

According to the statement, the amount is part of a series of Pentagon payments totalling $1.5bn to the country since 2014, when Russia annexed the Crimean peninsula and Moscow-backed separatists seized parts of eastern Ukraine’s Donetsk and Luhansk regions.

About 13,000 people have been killed since the conflict erupted.

Ukraine and its Western allies accuse Russia of funnelling troops and arms to the pro-Moscow rebels across the border. Moscow denies the allegations.

Source: Al Jazeera