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US-backed program for retraining Ukrainian military men will start in March - ambassador

US military aid to Ukraine this year will be $120 million, including a new $75 million, the funds will be used for training Ukrainian military men, US Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Ukraine Geoffrey Pyatt has stated.

"We have purchased armored vehicles, night vision devices, radar systems, encrypted radio communications equipment. Now we consider the most important assistance is training and retraining Ukrainian military formations. We will start the appropriate program in March," the ambassador said in an interview with the Dzerkalo Tyzhnia newspaper.

The official noted that last year US military assistance to Ukraine amounted to $118 million.

"Ukraine cannot win the war with Russia with the help of army. You have to win because of your political and economic power. We are very serious about helping you protect your sovereign territory. We do this by means of a billionth economic aid, loan guarantees," the ambassador stressed.

[Source: Interfax Ukraine, Kyiv, 31Jan15]

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