U.S. not to leave Ukraine to its own devices if Russian aggression escalates: Defense chiefs’ phone call

For the second time over the past 1.5 months, the top defense officials of the two states discussed ways to strengthen cooperation.mil.gov.uamil.gov.ua

United States Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin has reassured his Ukrainian counterpart, Defense Minister Andrii Taran, that Washington will not give up on Ukraine in case Russia escalates aggression.

The two defense chiefs had a phone call on Thursday, April 1, on the initiative of the American side, the Ukrainian defense ministry’s press service reported.

For the second time over the past 1.5 months, the officials discussed the ways to strengthen cooperation in the field of security and defense.

Taran has briefed his counterpart on the military-political aspects of the latest developments on the contact line in Donetsk and Luhansk regions, in Crimea, and around the state border of Ukraine. He separately focused on the March 26 tragic events near the village of Shumy, where Russian occupation forces “insidiously killed four Ukrainian servicemen.”

Taran has stressed the “systematic escalation of the security situation in the Joint Forces Operation zone and Russia’s unwillingness to reaffirm its commitment to the ceasefire.”

For his part, Lloyd Austin expressed concern over the recent moves by Russia, and assured his counterpart of U.S. readiness to support Ukraine in the context of Russia’s ongoing aggression in Donbas and Crimea.

The U.S. Secretary of Defense stressed that, in the event of an escalation of Russian aggression, the United States will not leave Ukraine to its own devices, and neither will it allow Russia’s aggressive aspirations toward Ukraine to be realized, the Ukrainian defense ministry’s press service reported.

The Pentagon press service in a readout of the call said Lloyd Austin “reiterated the U.S. commitment to building the capacity of Ukraine’s forces to defend more effectively against Russian aggression.”

“Since 2014, the United States has committed more than $2 billion in security assistance to Ukraine, including a recently announced $125 million package that featured defensive weapons and other key capabilities to enhance the lethality, command and control, and situational awareness of Ukraine’s Armed Forces,” the readout says.

Secretary Austin “reaffirmed unwavering U.S. support for Ukraine’s sovereignty, territorial integrity, and Euro-Atlantic aspirations,” and “condemned recent escalations of Russian aggressive and provocative actions in eastern Ukraine.”

Russian military buildup near Ukraine: Background

  • On March 30, 2021, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Ruslan Khomchak, said the invaders are reinforcing their advanced units with reconnaissance teams and sniper pairs, involving Russian army instructors in personnel training.
  • Russian occupation forces are also keeping alert artillery units in combat readiness for use in certain areas, including in settlements located on the occupied territory of Ukraine.
  • The Pentagon said they were aware of the maneuvers of Russian troops on the border with Ukraine. The U.S. is discussing the issue with NATO Allies.
  • On April 1, the Kremlin commented on the amassing of Russian military forces near Ukraine’s borders, saying this “should not bother” anyone.
  • President Volodymyr Zelensky says Moscow is trying to put pressure on Kyiv by amassing its military forces along the Russian-Ukrainian border.
  • Ukraine’s military intelligence agency, GUR MO, has reported that Russia may try to go for an incursion and deploy its troops deeper into the territory of Ukraine.
  • On April 1, Roman Mashovets, Deputy Chief of the President’s Office, said that Russia is trying to disrupt the peace process. More than 570 ceasefire violations have been recorded since year-start.
  • Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba has expressed concern over the latest escalation in Donbas, which he calls “largest in recent years“, noting Russia’s direct involvement in aggravation.

Read more on UNIAN: https://www.unian.info/politics/donbas-u-s-not-leave-ukraine-to-its-own-devices-if-russian-aggression-escalates-defense-chiefs-talks-11374363.html

(C)UNIAN 2021

5 comments

  • “…the United States will not leave Ukraine to its own devices, and neither will it allow Russia’s aggressive aspirations toward Ukraine to be realized,”

    It sounds like they’re willing to fight so that’s good enough for me. I guess we will see though, too bad we can’t automatically believe what Biden says after his ineptitude in 2014, 2015 and 2016.

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  • Lloyd is a tough guy. But the mummie is CiC, not Lloyd. Needs to be seen if the US will provide Ukraine with support by the air force in Donbas and north of Crimea in case of an attempted full-scale invasion.

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  • I had never heard of Lloyd Austin, so I looked him up. He’s a four star General, so that’s got to be good. But apart from that, he keeps his opinions to himself.
    There are a number of steps that the Biden administration can take to protect Ukraine. (And of course Georgia as well). Unfortunately they seem to have ruled out boots on the ground, but they could deploy some awesome air power at short notice. Why not do that at the very least?

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  • onlyfactsplease

    “United States Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin has reassured his Ukrainian counterpart, Defense Minister Andrii Taran, that Washington will not give up on Ukraine in case Russia escalates aggression.”
    I doubt that this means direct military help, such as troops and airstrikes. However, I do hope on getting help in every other category to assure high Ruskie casualty rates in men and equipment. Taking steps to make any incursion as bloody as possible will deter any such incursion in the first place. I hope that the Ukrainian military has indeed taken such steps. Doing so when the mafiosi are coming would be wholly useless.

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  • Putin does not give a crap about vague promises of support.
    Biden needs to put deeds to words.
    1) Authorize the 1 billion in loan guarantees that is still pending. Biden is holding it back to “Encourage ” anti corruption. Its costs the US little but is very meaning full. The three most important things needed for war are money money and money.
    Guess what the next three are?
    Rush forward the 125 billion in military aid specially counterbattery radars.
    Announce the sale of more Javelins. Few things scare the shit out of Russians than that little missile.
    Openly call Ze and tell him how much he enjoyed his visits to Kyiv and is looking forward to seeing the city again. tell him that is is considering visa free travel and possibly a FTA. (Considering is not granting.) Also say that he had decided to include Patriots in the next training exercise.
    All this will cost the US little but will strengthen Ze’s hand against the oligarchs and Russia, Putin’s current Boldness is due in no small part to Ze’s falling popularity and Biden’s standoffishness.

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