News from Ukraine: Which country provides largest non-lethal military support to Ukraine?

11:50 Aug. 3, 2016

Which country provides largest non-lethal military support to Ukraine?

US officials hand out radars to Ukrainian officials in Kyiv, 2015 (UNIAN Photo)

US supplied USD 117.5 million worth of equipment to Ukrainian soldiers, according to Ukraine's Defence Minustry 

Of all the countries in the world, the US is the biggest provider of military (non-lethal) aid to Ukraine

This was reported by the Ukrainian news agency Apostrophe, referring to the press office of Ukraine's Defence Ministry.

Since January 1, 2014 and up to July 15, 2016, 18 countries provided Ukraine with logistics and humanitarian assistance.

The list includes the United States, Canada, Poland, the United Kingdom, Australia, China, Turkey, Slovakia, Norway, France, the Netherlands, Spain, Czech Republic, Albania, Lithuania, Switzerland, Latvia and Denmark.

In total, the countries supplied USD 164.1 million worth of equipment to Ukraine's Armed Forces.

According to Ukraine's Defence Ministry, the United States came up with the largest aid (non-lethal) package including MILES Instrumented Tactical Engagement Simulation Systems (laser-based equipment and hardware used for live, realistic, tactical-engagement training scenarios), Harris military radio systems, medical equipment, demining devices, night vision devices, thermovisors, body armours, Kevlar helmets, WILLARD rigid hull boats as well as counter-battery radar systems, Humvees (high mobility wheeled vehicles), uniforms and rations.

The military equipment supplied by the US totals more than USD 117.5 million.

On July 2, the Ukrainian army received 14 US-made counter-battery radar systems - AN/TPQ-49 (10 items), and AN/TPQ-36 (four items).

"This is the latest country-battery station, which is already familiar to the Ukrainian army", Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko wrote on Twitter. Counter-battery stations really helped Ukrainian troops defend their homeland, the President added. According to him, the systems were given to Ukraine free of charge to be deployed to the warzone in the Donbas region.

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