July 21st, 2018 11:08 EST
DoD to Provide $200 Million in Security Cooperation Funds to Ukraine
The Defense Department announced today that it will provide $200 million to Ukraine in security cooperation funds for additional training, equipment and advisory efforts to build the defensive capacity of Ukraines forces.
This reaffirms the long-standing defense relationship between the United States and Ukraine, and brings the total U.S. security sector assistance to Ukraine to more than $1 billion since 2014.
The added funds will provide equipment to support ongoing training programs and operational needs, including capabilities to enhance Ukraine`s command-and-control, situational awareness systems, secure communications, military mobility, night vision and military medical treatment.
The security cooperation builds on Ukraine`s recent adoption of the Law on National Security. This law, which provides a legislative framework for aligning Ukraine`s national security architecture with Euro-Atlantic principles, constitutes a major step toward Ukraine`s goal of achieving NATO interoperability. The implementation of these reforms will bolster Ukraine`s ability to defend its territorial integrity in support of a secure and democratic Ukraine.
A timeline for delivery and fielding of equipment will be determined at a later date.
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