Trump Withheld Ukraine Aid As America’s Ukrainian Allies Were Dying In Battle
President Donald Trump opted to freeze U.S. military aid to Ukraine earlier this year, ostensibly for the purpose of pressuring the country to investigate his potential political opponent, leaving countless U.S.-allied Ukrainian fighters vulnerable in the fight against Russia.
According to The Los Angeles Times, despite Trump’s decision to release the aid in September, Ukrainian officials say they have yet to see the fruits of that decision.
Oleksandr Motuzianyk, a spokesman for the Ukrainian Defense Ministry, said this week that U.S. assistance “has not reached us yet,” adding, “It is not just money from the bank. It is arms, equipment and hardware.”
In the meantime, Ukrainians are dying on the front lines, The Times reported.
Oleksandr Markiv, 38, was killed in June “by shrapnel during a mortar attack on his battalion’s position in a notoriously dangerous defense point known as the Svitlodarsk Bulge.”
He was one of 25 Ukrainians who have died in battle since July 18, The Times said, which is the day Trump chose to withhold the $391-million military aid package Congress approved last year.
It is impossible to connect the 25 deaths to Trump’s decision, the newspaper said, but “military officials and other Ukrainians say they felt exposed, vulnerable and, at least temporarily, abandoned by their foremost ally: Washington.”