US must Provide Military Assistance to Ukraine in the fight against Russians and separatists – U.S. Senator Rob Portman

On the official website of U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-Ohio), co-chair of the Senate Ukraine Caucus, announces that he has filed two amendments to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2016 to help Ukraine as they continue to face Russian aggression.

U.S. Senator Rob Portman says that the first amendment authorizes funds to provide a number of critical capabilities the Ukrainians need to defend themselves (real-time intelligence, counter-artillery radars, defensive lethal assistance, UAVs, secure communications, and training to develop key combat, planning, and support capabilities).

“My first amendment will help to ensure that U.S. military assistance has a meaningful impact on the ground and gives Ukraine the tools they need to defend themselves.”

As states the official Press Releases, the second amendment studies the implications of the conflict in Ukraine for the U.S. military. It would require an assessment of U.S. and NATO efforts in eastern Ukraine based on lessons learned from the tactics, techniques, and procedures used by the Russians and separatists. This assessment will include, among other things, a report of the implications of Russia’s information war and the implications the conflict has for armored warfare equipment, such as Abrams tanks made in Lima, Ohio.

“My second amendment will allow us to study the lessons learned from the conflict and their implications for the U.S. military. Some elements of this report, such as the report on armored warfare, will also highlight the importance of armored vehicles like the Abrams tanks and Strykers manufactured in Lima, Ohio,” explaines Rob Portman.

“Ukraine has reached a pivotal moment,” Portman stated. “The Ukrainian people have made incredible sacrifices in the hopes of securing a democratic future for their country. However, sustained economic, political, and military support from the United States and NATO is absolutely crucial to ensuring that their vision comes to fruition.”

U.S. Senator Rob Portman underlines that the cease-fire in Ukraine isn’t legitimate, and Russia’s success in exploiting it demonstrates the need to rethink approach of the USA.

“I’m pleased to offer these amendments and will continue to push for steadfast support of the Ukrainian people during this critical time.”

Senator Portman visited Ukraine in April, 2015, expressed his support for the initiative to extend sanctions aimed at countering the Russian aggression in Ukraine and said he would personally fight for military assistance to Ukraine.

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