Poroshenko: U.S. radar stations will save lives of servicemen and civilians
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko took part in the ceremony of receiving U.S. radar stations by the Armed Forces of Ukraine. The ceremony was held in the International Peacekeeping Center of Yavoriv training ground on Saturday, according to the presidential press service.
"For this end, we need modern rocket-artillery defensive weaponry designated for the detection of the enemy's artillery. Its presence will be an effective additional factor deterring the aggressor. These stations will save lives of our servicemen and civilians," the president said, addressing the attendees.
AN/TPQ-36 counterbattery radar stations were conveyed in the framework of the program of military-technical cooperation with the United States. Respective agreement on the supply of stations was achieved at the meeting between President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko and President of the United States Barack Obama in New York in September 2015.
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According to the President, the draft U.S. Defense Budget 2016 provides for the allocation of $300 million for the enhancement of defense capacity of Ukraine. The President of Ukraine discussed that issue with U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Jacob Lew. "Over UAH 7 billion. It is a huge sum of money. Especially, if we evaluate it in terms of our spending for the defense-security complex, which in 2016 will amount to UAH 100 billion approximately," the President noted.
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The President is confident the Ukrainian servicemen will soon learn how to use these stations with the assistance of American instructors.