04:09 GMT26 October 2020
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    Some of the US military equipment delivered to Ukraine may have been old, US Army Europe Commanding General Ben Hodges said.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) Reports emerged late in November that the Ukrainian military decried "secondhand" equipment supplied by the United States as part of its $250 million non-lethal military aid to the country. These included up to 30-year-old Humvees and decade-old bulletproof vests.

    "Maybe the quickest stuff that could have been provided might have been some older equipment, I don’t know," Hodges told a Defense Department briefing late Wednesday, clarifying that the range of other equipment was "brand new."

    Hodges, who said more than $250 million of equipment has been delivered to Ukraine, asserted that Kiev "knew what [it was] getting," which he argued "counts for something."

    "You try to do the best you can as fast as you can to get what you can upon request," he stressed.

    A 2016 defense budget bill signed into law by US President Barack Obama late last month provides Ukraine with $300 million in military assistance.


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