U.S. Army and California Nat’l Guard to train and arm Ukraine Nat’l Guard in 2015; CNG has worked with UNG for 21 years

The California Legislature honored the California National Guard with Resolution 45, July 8, 2014 —

“I am honored to author a resolution that highlights how the California National Guard is helping partner nations reinforce military respect for civilian control, rule of law and create stable regions,” said Assemblymember Matt Dababneh, author of the resolution. “This partnership with Ukraine, which has been in place for more than 20 years, is a true testament to the professionalism and dedication of the California National Guard, its 22,900 soldiers and airmen currently in uniform, and the expertise they offer military personnel abroad. ”

Joining Dababneh on the floor were Maj. Gen. Matthew Beevers, Deputy Adjutant General for the CNG; Igor Pasternak, CEO of Aeroscraft and a leader in California’s Ukrainian-American community; and Oleksandr Savostianov, Consul for the Consulate General of Ukraine.

“We are grateful to the State Legislature and the global Ukrainian community for supporting this vital program,” said Beevers. “Our exchange not only strengthens the security and democratic institutions of both nations, but also benefits our armed forces through the sharing of best practices.” [i]

Huffington Post, 8-1-14

WASHINGTON, Aug 1 (Reuters) – The Obama administration has notified Congress of its plans to train and arm the Ukrainian national guard next year, the Pentagon said on Friday, as Washington continues to intensify its response to Moscow’s support for rebels in eastern Ukraine.

“The Defense Department and State Department have notified Congress of our intent to use $19 million in global security contingency fund authority to train and equip four companies and one tactical headquarters of the Ukrainian national guard as part of their efforts to build their capacity for internal defense,” Pentagon spokesman Rear Admiral John Kirby told reporters.

The training, which requires congressional approval, would occur at a location within Ukraine that hosts multilateral exercises, Kirby said. The trainers would be provided by U.S. Army Europe and by the California National Guard, he added.

While Kirby did not link the training to the West’s deepening standoff with Russia over Ukraine. The announcement comes as the United States and other Western nations seek to tighten pressure on Moscow after the July 17 downing of a Malaysian airliner over rebel-held territory in Ukraine by what Western nations say was a Russia-supplied missile.

Earlier on Friday, President Barack Obama urged Russian leader Vladimir Putin to stop supporting separatists in eastern Ukraine and to seek a diplomatic end to the crisis. . Washington and European nations announced new sanctions against Russia earlier this week.

While the United States has repeatedly slammed Russia’s troop buildup along the border with Ukraine and its support for the rebels, the Obama administration has limited military assistance to non lethal aid such as medical supplies and helmets.

Also on Friday, the United States pledged about $8 million in new aid to bolster the Ukrainian border guard service.

(Reporting By Missy Ryan. Editing by Andre Grenon)

U.S. Plans To Train, Arm Ukraine National Guard In 2015

[i] http://www.calguard.ca.gov/PA/Pages/Assembly-Resolution-Recognizes-national-Guard-Ukraine-Partnership.aspx


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