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    Expectation Vs. Reality: Ukraine Awaits US Military Aid in Months Ahead

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    Kiev expects to receive this year's first batch of US military aid in the coming months, according to Ukrainian Ambassador to the United States Valeriy Chaly.

    Valeriy Chaly, Ukraine's Ambassador to the United States, said that Kiev hopes to get this year's first batch of US military supplies within the coming months, RIA Novosti reported.

    Chaly claimed that the US military budget stipulates that it will allocate about 658 million dollars to delivering military equipment to Ukraine, and that the legal aspects of the issue are currently being discussed.

    "I think that we will publicly speak about such supplies to Ukraine in the immediate future," he said.

     (File) US special forces instructor, left, trains Ukrainian soldiers at the military training ground in Ukraine's Khmelnitsk region Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015
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    (File) US special forces instructor, left, trains Ukrainian soldiers at the military training ground in Ukraine's Khmelnitsk region Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015

    He also said that the US Congress is now allegedly dealing with concrete bills on rendering military assistance to Ukraine.

    "These bills are aimed to help turn those common political decisions on military assistance into concrete supplies," Chaly added.

    His remarks came after US Senator Lindsey Graham said that Congress is not planning to vote on sending lethal aid to Ukraine in the near future. At the same time, the senator noted that there is increasing support among US legislators for sending arms to Ukraine.

    Congress has repeatedly attempted to pressure the Obama administration to provide lethal weapons to Ukraine, but the administration has turned them down.

    Since the start of the conflict in eastern Ukraine in 2014, the United States has been providing Kiev with non-lethal military assistance. In April, Washington sent 300 troops to Ukraine to train the country’s National Guard.

    According to a Daily Beast article published in July, 2015, the US trainers are having difficulty "ensuring that members of neo-Nazi groups like the Azov Battalion are not being trained by US forces, because most, if not all, have not committed a 'gross human rights violation'."

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