Ukraine gets $23 mln worth of U.S. military communications, medical devices

08:00, 18 January 2016
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The United States has provided vital military communications and medical equipment to Ukraine to the tune of $23 million, according to the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine.

This $23 million in assistance is part of the United States' $75 million dollar European Reassurance Initiative / Photo from UNIAN

"The shipment included $21 million in secure radio equipment to help Ukrainian soldiers communicate effectively without putting themselves in harm’s way, as well as nearly $2 million in battlefield life-saving medical equipment," the embassy said in a statement.

The equipment arrived at Kyiv's Boryspil International Airport on January 16.

"After clearing customs, the U.S.-donated equipment will be delivered to Ukrainian Army units participating in U.S.-led training taking place at Yavoriv and Khmelnytsky. U.S. trainers from the Joint Multinational Training Group (JMTG-U) will train Ukrainian soldiers on the equipment for use on the frontlines," the statement said.

This $23 million in assistance is part of the United States' $75 million dollar European Reassurance Initiative (ERI). Since the Ukraine conflict began, the United States has committed more than $260 million in security assistance to Ukraine, including the provision of body armor, vehicles, night and thermal vision devices, medical equipment, heavy engineering equipment, radios, patrol boats, rations, tents, and counter-mortar radars.

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