The US Department of Defence has approved the second part of security assistance package to Ukraine amounted to $150 million under the Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative. According to the Minister of Defence of Ukraine Andrii Taran, this assistance will be aimed at measures to ensure the territorial integrity of Ukraine, secure its borders as well as improve its interoperability with NATO.
"This assistance package is aimed at increasing the combat capabilities of the defence forces of Ukraine, improving the management of units and the elements of electronic warfare. We are replenishing our arsenals of anti-artillery radars, anti-drones’ weapons, secure communications, electronic warfare and equipment for the evacuation of the wounded from the battlefield, as well as training and equipment to improve the security of the Ukrainian Air Force," indicated Andrii Taran.
The Minister of Defence also noted the importance of Ukraine’s implementation of the defence reform, strengthening the democratic civilian oversight over the Armed Forces of Ukraine within the framework of the Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative. He reminded that the strategic dialogue between the Defence Minister of Ukraine and the Secretary of Defence of the United States is developing dynamically and that it serves as a guarantee of strengthening the defence capabilities and practical implementation of the Euro-Atlantic aspirations of our state.
"The United States partners provide us with unprecedented support in strengthening our defence capabilities and national resilience. In 2014-2021, Ukraine received almost $2.5 billion in defence assistance from the US government. Recently, the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee unanimously supported the Ukraine Security Partnership Act of 2021, which, after being passed by the US House of Representatives and the US Senate and signed by the US President, will increase annual military aid to $300 million. I am grateful to our American friends for their enormous diplomatic, political and financial support as well as practical steps to preserve the sovereignty and restore the territorial integrity of Ukraine," indicated Andrii Taran.
He also reminded that on June 14 the leaders of the Allies will convene for the NATO Summit in Brussels and stressed that our country counts that the Ukrainian issue will find its rightful place on the agenda of the Summit.