U.S. to allocate extra $500 mln to Ukraine for army training

Ukraine will receive an additional $500 million from the United States government to finance the training of its military, the Ukrainian parliamentary committee for foreign affairs said in a press released obtained by Interfax on Aug.10.

Ukraine will receive an additional $500 million from the United States government to finance the training of its military, the Ukrainian parliamentary committee for foreign affairs said in a press released obtained by Interfax on Aug.10.

This aid was pledged by U.S. Vice President Joe Biden in his letter to the committee chairperson, Hanna Hopko, the spokesperson said.

"Furthermore, the U.S. vice president confirms the U.S. government's readiness to grant an additional $2 billion loan which was tentatively agreed upon in April this year," the spokesperson said.

The U.S. vice president also said that Washington will keep its anti-Russian sanctions in place until the Minsk Agreements have been implemented in full. Biden also said that the U.S. government will be trying to persuade the European Union of the need for further sanctions, the spokesperson said.

If Russia fails to honor its obligations under these agreements or launches new armed offensives along the conflict line, the U.S. will increase the price that Russia will have to pay for its aggression against Ukraine, Biden said.

The U.S. sanctions imposed against Russia over its actions in Crimea will also remain in place until Russia ends its occupation of the independent Ukrainian territory, the U.S. vice president stressed.

At the same time, Hopko wrote on her Facebook page that a part of these funds will be used to finance training programs at the Yavoriv training center (Lviv region) for the National Guard and the Ukrainian Armed Forces.

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