Skip to comments.Pentagon team dispatched to Ukraine amid crisis with Russia
Posted on 07/22/2014 7:48:37 PM PDT by Tailgunner Joe
A team of Pentagon officials is heading to Ukraine to help the country rebuild its fractured military, a mission that lawmakers and analysts expect will result in recommendations for greater military assistance in the countrys fight against pro-Russia separatists amid international outrage over the downing of a commercial airplane.
Within the next few weeks, a group of Defense Department representatives who specialize in strategy and policy will head to Kiev to evaluate specific programs that the United States may want to help bolster, said Army Col. Steve Warren, a Pentagon spokesman.
Their objective is to work with Ukrainians to shape and establish an enduring program for future U.S. efforts to support the Ukrainian military through subject-matter expert teams and long-term advisers, he said.
Rep. Duncan Hunter, California Republican, offered qualified support for the plan.
Clearly, we have an interest in what happens in Ukraine and its far better to have an idea of where we can maximize any support we are willing to provide, he said.
The U.S. is moving to bolster Ukraines defense infrastructure as Russian President Vladimir Putin faces increasing pressure to cut off support to separatists who have seized control of a swath of eastern Ukraine.
While the international community focuses on a response to the downing of a Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 over Ukrainian airspace, the countrys armed forces have continued to press a military campaign against rebels who have largely retreated to two eastern cities and issued increasingly desperate pleas to Russia for assistance.
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Oh no! Now the Ukrainian Christians are really in deep trouble. Best the Pentagon stay far far away.
What the heck is that supposed to mean? To Putin, if you are not Russian Orthodox, you are worse than nothing.
“Clearly, we have an interest in what happens in Ukraine”
Because “we” started it?
Yeah lets help them kill more of their own civilians.
Sometimes I just have to shake my head at all the nonsense.
Isn’t that an act of war against Russia?
We Americans are going to help the Ukrainian patriots kill filthy Russky terrorist scum.
You don’t like it? Tough.
Uh, not Russian territory. Yet.
If Russia admitted that the Kremlin is behind the separatist terrorists then they’d also have to accept the blame for murdering hundreds of innocent people on a civilian airliner.
Russia won’t admit that so they can’t accuse us of any act of war against them.
Obama’s big stick!