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US reports on purchase of military equipment for Ukrainian soldiers


The U.S. Embassy in Ukraine has reported on the procurement of military equipment for Ukrainian security forces using the funds allocated by the U.S. administration as additional assistance in the field of defense and security.
This is stated in a press release that was obtained by Ukrinform from the U.S. diplomatic mission in Kyiv.
“To date, Embassy Kyiv has purchased and delivered dozens of shelters, heavy engineering equipment (bulldozers, excavators, graders), diesel generators, fuel trucks, cargo trucks, small patrol craft, hand-held day/night optics, security fencing, patrol flashlights, perimeter alarm systems, fuel pumps, concertina wire, critical vehicle spares (tires, batteries, replacement engines),” reads the report.
In addition, the list also includes “food storage freezers, field stoves, light armored patrol vehicles, secure communications, expert document search systems, passport inspection portable devices, technical endoscopes, handheld metal detectors/mirrors, camouflage suits, patrol caps, tactical boots, external (ballistic) knee and elbow protection pads, and waterproof suits to the Ukrainian State Border Guard Service for use in monitoring and securing their borders.”
The embassy said that the United States “is working to bolster Ukraine’s ability to secure its borders and preserve its territorial integrity and sovereignty in the face of Russian occupation of Crimea and a concerted effort by Russian-backed separatists to destabilize eastern Ukraine.”
In this regard, the embassy recalled that President Barack Obama had approved more than $46 million in additional defensive security assistance since August, in addition to $70 million of security assistance announced earlier.

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