Ukraine’s defense capabilities increase significantly

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2015/02/02 • War in the Donbas

U.S. President Barack Obama told CNN in an interview that the U.S. would increase economic and diplomatic pressure on Russia until Putin does not decide to use diplomatic means to de-escalate the conflict in Ukraine. At the same time, the President of the U.S. thinks that the best support they could lend to Ukraine today is support for economic and other types of reforms.

The Ukrainian diplomatic mission discussed the details of such support and pressure on Putin in Washington recently. Voice of America correspondent Tetyana Vorozhko asked deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Vadym Prystayko about how the meetings with the allies and the Russians are going and what the Ukrainian diplomacy had manacled to achieve throughout the time of the conflict.

According to Prystayko, the Ukrainian diplomats have sufficient proof of the presence of the Russian troops in Ukraine and Russia’s support of the mercenaries, and they present it at almost every international meeting. They also demonstrate them to the Russians.

“I was at the meeting where Lavrov himself said: show me at least one soldier. We show him. No, this one’s not right. No, we won’t look at the map. And so on and so forth,”  Prystayko says.

The evidence Ukraine has at its disposal includes the tanks that are only made in Russia. Obviously, the ‘LNR’ and ‘DNR’ couldn’t have constructed them or imported them from another country. Plus the ‘BUK’s, Russian drones, the Ukrainian diplomat notes.

“We are asking out Russian colleagues: what do you want, do you want Putin himself to cross the border barefoot with a flag in his hand, and then will you say that you’re present there?” Prystayko says.

According to him, the issue is not the evidence itself, but whether Putin would give the order to acknowledge it. Russia’s denial of its military presence in Ukraine is not a productive position, as it does not allow for breakthroughs in diplomacy.

“If you remember, in Brisbane, the local Prime Minister told Putin: I know I have to shake your hand but I only have one thing to say to you – get out of Ukraine. To which Putin replied, as the Prime Minister told me, “we’re not there.” To this, the Prime Minister said that they were wasting time on this meeting because they were speaking different languages. Everyone knows you’re fighting there, leading a hybrid war, and you continue to insist that you’re not there,” says Prystayko.

At the same time, according to him, when other countries, such as Greece, doubt Ukraine’s position, they do it not because of the lack of evidence.

“It goes without saying that we know we’re sometimes surprised by the statements made by the President of the Czech Republic, the Hungarian Prime Minister. There are countries, which are closer to Russia, which are tied with economic connections, which would not want to make very radical statements. There is fear. You understand, when they see what Russia is doing with Ukraine, they are afraid of what would be done to them. Their duty is to defend their nations. They are trying to be flexible. This flexibility leads to the aggressor become more and more audacious,” says Prystayko.

And though it is impossible to solve the conflict by exclusively democratic means, according to him, any resolution or declaration in Ukraine’s favor, besides the confirmation of its right, has few practical consequences.

“There is benefit as understood by professionals. For example, the decision the U.N. Council made last year, at which over 100 countries voted in favor of Ukraine, and this evidences the level of support for our position. And this was what all further decisions were based on. For example, the International Organization for Civil Aviation, which is responsible for flight, Ukraine included. We have difficulty ensuring the flight regime. It is possible to base ourselves on the decision made by the U.N. Security Council when decision where it is all right to flight, and where it is not. This decision made last year is a foundation, which all very important steps for us are based on,” says Prystayko.

The same is true in regards to weapons: they are not willing to provide Ukraine with lethal high-tech weaponry, but Ukraine defense capabilities have improved significantly, says the diplomat. Ukraine, according to him, had already made many steps to open up the weaponry market, and can now buy modern weapons to counter Russia’s aggression.

Many regimes prohibit selling weapons to countries which are not allies, but these details do not seem very important when the country is practically bleeding, says Prystayko. However, it is difficult to break through the regimes, the protocols, as these barriers are made specifically for weapons not to spread all over the globe.

“We are not talking about Kalashnikovs, we have enough tanks. We can produce tanks and some simple weaponry. What is important to us is high-tech weaponry, anti-artillery batteries, to stop the batteries that are shooting at out cities, anti-sniper equipment, armored apparatuses, machines, anti-mine equipment. We start with bulletproof vests, uniforms, helmets, and have now moved on to anti-battery radars, anti-mine robots, anti-sniper equipment, special defense, special equipment, does. We are buying modern rifles, armored cars already. So it’s a different level,” says Vadym Prystayko.

Translated by: Mariya Shcherbinina
Source: Radio Liberty

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  • Czech Friend

    I would like to apologize for Czech president who is a complete failure and a disgrace of our country. Not only is he a Putin’s puppet and Kremlin stooge but also a big fat liar.
    On the other hand he provides good source of what Putin intends to do in Europe, therefore should be on the secret services radars already.

    Don’t trust any word this pathetic drunk says and know only this: he works for Kremlin because the russian mafia are paying bribes to his cronies. But we will deal with him sooner or later or he will drink himself to death.

    Just last week Zeman hosted Jakunin at the Prague castle-how come this criminal and Putin’s close ally is not on EU sanctions list? Another shocling hypocrisy of our western “leadership”.

    • Mephisto

      Zement (Zeman + dement) is a disgrace but Klaus was much worse.
      http://www.klausovavelezrada.cz/files/odkvetani_s_Hanbou.pdf

      The Institute of Prognosis where both these jerks came from was founded by the KGB.

      • Czech Friend

        Yes, both are sick Putinists to the bone as we know now.

      • StumpedNoMore2

        “…It goes without saying that we know we’re sometimes
        surprised by the statements made by the President of the Czech Republic,
        the Hungarian Prime Minister. There are countries, which are closer to
        Russia, which are tied with economic connections, which would not want
        to make very radical statements…”

        Hey Mephisto, remembered what we were discussing on the other thread? You and I were going on the premise that some of the Eastern European nations were leaning toward Russia. These power hungry politicians come in and they are looking for themselves first. How can they make the economic situation look good to the general public? They want to be reelected again so they will do everything in their power even if it is partnering with someone like Putin.

        I have no doubt that they know it is wrong to do business with Putin but they want to be in power for a long time and to rob their countrymen of money. Greece is a good example of this. Corrupted politicians and tax evasion have doomed this once proud and prosper country. Plus, they are spending too much on public programs. When the Germans call the bluff of the Greeks, the Greeks will have no where to go. Orban is leveraging the EU versus the Russian.

        • Mephisto

          hey, IMHO, it is much more sinister than that.
          Vaclav Klaus and Miloš Zeman are/were both Czech presidents. Many people in our country suspect that they are both KGB
          http://cryptome.org/0001/vaclav-klaus.htm
          Zeman is a former colleague of Klaus, he worked at the exact same institution during communism.
          How were they elected? The first one by parliament, the second one unfortunately by a public vote but he was aided by the massive russian propaganda machine
          —–

          But some US politicians have some funny opinions too, for example

          Paul Craig Roberts

          • StumpedNoMore2

            You could also said they been indoctrinated from the old soviet educational system. The good old boy connection is hard to break. Interesting I’m learning a lot about Czech dealing and Eastern Europe in general.

    • Fred Hernandez

      We have a big talker here in America that does nothing. He draws a line and then says he really did not mean it or moves it back further. There would be no ISIL in Syria and Iraq if Obama would have picked a side. But not picking anybody is a real decision and it means you did pick someone. Same with Ukraine… what is he waiting for? Does the DPR and LPR (little green men with new equipment provided by Putin) have to reach Odesa for him to finally react? Or is waiting until the casualties reach 50k Ukrainians?

    • Richard Hoover

      TAKE THAT ASSHOLE OUT LIKE UKRAINE DID WITH YANUKOVICH,,,BUT FAST AND HARD ,,,PROTECTED ARMOUR SUITS ON THE CITIZENS ,,YES YOU CAN DO IT ,,,,OVERWHELM THE TROOPS ,,THEY WILL NOT DO WHAT UKRAINE WAS SET UP TO DO IN MAIDAN,,,,,,,MOVE FAST AND MASSIVE CROWDS ON THE PRESIDENT OFFICE ,,SHOW HIM WHO THE POWER REALLY IS,,,THE PEOPLE.,,,,CHZECHS ARE ANTI RUSSIANS ,,KEEP IT THAT WAY!!! OUST THAT DRUNKARD!!!

  • Jens A

    We really have the moral obligation to give Ukraine the means to stand firm against the Russian aggression and reestablish the borders as signed by Russia in Budapest in 1994!

    • Richard Hoover

      GOOD MAN!!

  • RecycleBin

    Correction: It was Stephen Harper, the Prime Minister of Canada, that said “I know I have to shake your hand but I only have one thing to say to you – get out of Ukraine”, not the local (i.e. Australian) Prime Minister.

    • Richard Hoover

      THANK YOU,,IM A CANADAIN IN UKRAINE ,,,FOR UKRAINE SLAVA UKRAINI!! CANADA HAS BALLS! SOME OTHERS NEED THAT OLD SCHOOL DETERMINATION AND TO KNOW WHERE THE REAL LINE IS,

      • sandy miller

        Thank you Canada. Ukrainians all over the world love Canada for their help to Ukraine but they must help them get lethal weapons to have in a slight chance in this fight.

        • Richard Hoover

          THE WEAPONS AND HI TECH ANTI MISSILE AND MUCH NEEDED MODERN WEAPONS WILL BE SENT OR BOUGHT,,UKRAINE HAS MANY WEAPONS AND TANKS AND MAKES GREAT TANKS ,,,,,BUT HI TECH,,MUST BE MET WITH HI TECH,,,,,POST SOVIET ANTI PUTIN BALTICS WILL ASSIST IN THEIR WEAPONRY AVAIL,,THAT UKRAINE CAN MAINTAIN AS WELL,,,,WE MUST WEED OUT THE PAYED OF SCUM THAT PUTIN HAS PLANTED IN USA AND EUROPE IN CORP,,THAT FAVOUR RUSSIA CORP, INTERST WITH THEM AND DISCUISE IT ON THE NEWS BUT LEANS TOWARDS RUSSIA AT TIMES WHO HAS $$$$ INTEREST WITH THEM,,SO THEY KICK THE BALL BCK HIS WAY,,,HUGE GIANT GAS DEALS AND BULLSHIT PUTIN ECOLOGY AND ANIMAL LOVING SCAMS TO SOTEN HIS EVIL IDENTITY. HES THE DEVIL LIKE SATLIN,,,AND HES SQURIMING INTO OTHER COUNTRIES WITH HIS SCUM ,,PAYING THEM OFF TO CUSHION THE HATRED TOWARDS HIM AND JUSTIY HIS ATTCKS ON UKRAINE,,P.R SMOKE AND MIRRORS CRAP,,HUMANS ARE SICK OF THAT STALIN SMILE CHARM AND KILLER STYLE PICNIC ,,,SO TAKE YOUR MEDS ,,,OR STOP THE BOTOX INJECTIONS WITH STEVEN SEGAL AND MICKEY ROURKE YOUR PALS ,,TRAITORS OF USA DEMOCRACY,,,TO GET THE RUSKI CHICKS WITH DIVORCED VLADIMIR AND HIS PIMPS WHO CATER TO HIM AND HIS FANS LIKE THESE TWO ASSHOLES FROM USA,,,SHAME I ONCED LIKED THEM BOTH ,,MICKEY ROURKE THE DORK AND STEVEN SEGAL,THE SUPER COP ,,TRAITOR ANTI C.I.A OLIVER TWISTED STONE AS WELL HES IN WITH YANUKOVICH AND PUTIN,,,,THEY ARE VICTIMS OF A PARANOID DRUG ERA ,,,OVERBOARD !!! !!,THE BLACK SHOE POLISH DYE JOB,,MR,SEGAL,,WOW!!!,NOW JUST TWO GREASY HAIRED SCUMBAGS IN THE SAME SHIT HOLE OF EVIL WITH SUPER EGO MANIAC VLADIMIR PUTLER!!! OLD BURN OUTS WHO CANT GET IT UP AND SWALLOW VIAGRA ALL DAY AND CALL THE RUSKI PIMPS PUTIN DEALS WITH TO GET THEIR JOLLIES OFF!!! AND TO BE BOUGHTEN!!! SOLD THEIR SOULS TO THE DEVIL PUTIN!!!

    • LorCanada

      The words for the second half were “You need to get out of Ukraine.”

  • Richard Hoover

    UKRAINE WILL CARVE ITS OWN PATH ITS ON,,,PITY CITIZENS ARE IN THE HELL RUSSIA INFLICTS AND COVERS UP BLAMING UKRAINE SOLDIERS,,PRETEXT O ATTCK MORE UKRAINE CITIES AND IGNORE THE CEASE FIRE TREATIES SIGNED IN MINSK,,ITS TOLIET PAPER TO THEM BUT HONOUR FOR UKRAINE.

  • Murf

    The non lethal aid restriction by the US seems stupid(and it is)
    However at this point aid Ukraine needs IS the the non-lethal kind.

    Now they need channel skipping encrypted radios to foil Russian jammers and electronic intel gathering. Counter Artillery Battery Radar.Medical equipment, etc.
    I just wish the government would get off the dime and deliver it!

  • Jacks Channel

    The only issue I have with President Obama is, how Is Ukraine supposed to get back all the territory Putin took since the Minsk Agreement? Ask for it back?
    I am ashamed to be called an American right now. We need to help Ukraine defeat Putin and all these mindless Russians. There was no Western backed coup in Ukraine, and Ukrainian Facist Nazis did not drive Yanukovych from power. The Ukrainian people did not need any help from the West to want to get rid of their lame duck President after he did not “do the will of the people”. Remember, the People “are” the Government.
    We need to send Ukraine enough weapons to fight on an equal footing with Russian forces today, not tomorrow. The longer the gutless West and NATO wait, the worst it will get.

  • canuke

    Take a hike, troll.