â€‹The United States is reportedly preparing to send a team of military advisers into Ukraine to assist with revamping forces there in the midst of the ongoing crisis between government-loyal troops and an anti-Kiev militia.
On Tuesday this week, the Washington TimesÂ reportedÂ that a spokesperson for the US Department of Defense confirmed plans to put Pentagon advisers in Ukraine.
â€œWithin the next few weeks, a group of Defense Department representatives who specialize in strategy and policy will head to Kiev to evaluate specific programs that the United States may want to help bolster,â€reporter Maggie Ybarra wrote for the Times.
The newspaper says that Army Col. Steve Warren, a spokesperson for the Pentagon, told the Times that the objective of sending DoD advisers overseas is to â€œshape and establish an enduring program for future US efforts to support the Ukrainian military through subject-matter expert teams and long-term advisers.â€
RT reported previously back in early June that US military advisers were being offered to Kiev â€œto help Ukraine build highly effective armed forces and defense institutionsâ€ and to â€œshape and establish an enduring program for future US efforts to support the Ukrainian military through training, education and assistance.â€
Last monthâ€™s announcement came after the White House approved more than $23 million security assistance to Ukraine in a matter of weeks. As the crisis in eastern Ukraine intensifies, however, particularly in the aftermath of last weekâ€™s tragic plane crash that cost the lives of nearly 300 civilians, the US is once again reportedly offering assistance, this time by way of providing Pentagon advisers.
â€œClearly, we have an interest in what happens in Ukraine and itâ€™s far better to have an idea of where we can maximize any support we are willing to provide,â€ Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-California) told the Times this week.
â€œItâ€™s important to keep in mind that one of the reasons weâ€™re sending people over there now to help them establish enduring programs is because they donâ€™t have enduring programs,â€ one defense official told the paper on condition of anonymity. â€œSo two months ago, when they generated their request list, that list wasnâ€™t a result of a well-established defense strategy.â€
On Wednesday this week,Â The Daily BeastÂ went even further by alleging that those earlier requests made by Kiev to the Pentagon were for â€œsensitive equipment to jam the radars that Russian anti-aircraft systems use to lock their missiles on planes.â€
According to Eli Lake at the Beast, a former senior US official said on condition of anonymity that Kiev officials last month specifically â€œrequested the radar jamming and detection equipment necessary to evade and counter the anti-aircraft systems Moscow was providing the countryâ€™s separatists.â€
Col. Warren, the Pentagon official who confirmed to the Times that DOD advisers were being sent abroad, told the Beast that â€œThe Ukrainian government has requested support, but weâ€™re not going to detail the types of support they have requested.â€