Speaker of the Ukraine’s Verkhovna Rada Oleksandr Turchynov expressed dissatisfaction with the fact that Western countries did not provide the necessary military assistance to Ukraine. He stated this in an interview to “LB.ua“.
According to him, the EU and the United States feared a large-scale continental war. Turchinov told the corespondents that he had met with many heads of European countries, USA, and Canada where Ukraine had begged assistance in the form of weapons and other technical military means.
“The availability of new high-accuracy weapons would allow us not only to fight more effectively, but to protect civilians better. Alas, we have not received from them even a slingshot. It’s true, “- said the speaker.
“On paper, they are the guarantor countries, but the reality is that all we got were sympathy and dry rations” – complained Turchinov. Nevertheless, he acknowledged that “moral support, the pressure of public opinion of the civilized world” and “the threat of economic sanctions” played their role.
Washington openly provides military assistance to Ukraine since March 2014, when the Pentagon dispatched 330,000 sets of dry rations (this was done against the backdrop of the conflict over Crimea). In early June, the Assistant Secretary of Defense Derek Chollet said that the White House will provide 18 million dollars for increasing the efficiency of the Ukrainian army. A few days later, the U.S. leader Barack Obama met with the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko and promised to help the country’s security forces with body armor, night vision devices and communications for five million dollars.