We heard this sentiment several times during the investigation, but is it true? The problem with the argument is that it is a simplified presentation of the support the United States offers to Ukraine, fueled in part by the logic of the impeachment inquiry: Democrats must prove that the president`s actions were so harmful to the Republic that they justify the extreme constitutional remedy to remove him from office. This encourages them to make the connection between Donald Trump`s tactics of pressure on Ukraine and the consequences for the security of the nation. Although aid from the United States, Poland and NATO allies exploded after the invasion, the Obama administration feared in part that the granting of lethal aid to Ukraine would lead Moscow to escalate an already volatile situation. Training and institutional reform efforts aim to further eradicate corruption and help Ukraine become interoperable with NATO. (Ukraine is not a member of NATO) The aid has also reduced the death toll on the Ukrainian side by providing ambulances and other medical resources, as well as radar systems capable of detecting and tracking incoming artillery and mortar shells, Omelicheva told me. According to the Ukrainian government, military units using these systems recorded a 60% drop in the number of casualties. At the beginning of the conflict, about 70% of Ukrainian casualties were victims of rocket and artillery fire. Taras Kuzio criticised the treaty and said it had been gutted by Parliament without parliamentary or public debate and after ignoring votes against in three important committees (two of which had negative majorities). He argued that the treaty violated the Constitution, which prohibits permanent military bases, and that it had not been discussed before a vote in the National Security and Defense Council, as required by the Constitution.  He said the treaty was illegitimate because it has only 220 MEPs from three political groups; Kuzio argued that the remaining twenty-five MPs had been extorted, bribed or forced to leave the opposition. He added that public support for Ukraine was “won by a lie” that the deal would bring cheaper Russian gas; Indeed, a new agreement reached in July 2010 with the IMF forced Ukraine to increase electricity prices by fifty percent on August 1, 2010 and by 50 percent in April 2011.  By suspending $400 million in US military aid to pressure the Ukrainian government to announce a 2016 Biden-US investigation. In the elections, they claim, the president pursued his own political interests, not only to the detriment of the interests of Ukraine, but also of the United States. In early July, during a meeting in Kiev with his Turkish counterpart Hulusi Akar, Ukrainian Defense Minister Andriy Taran expressed interest in Turkish-made drones. The Defense Ministry tranche is expected to include sniper rifles, missile grenade launchers, anti-artillery adaptations, electronic warfare and secure communications, night vision devices, as well as medical care and military treatment. The department included anti-sniper equipment, Humvees and tactical drones. But for a policy that is supposed to be a pillar of the decades-old international order, military aid to Ukraine is quite new. == The government has made more than $1.6 billion in security assistance available to Ukraine since 2014, when Russia intervened militarily in eastern Ukraine and illegally annexed Ukraine`s crimean territory following an insurgency that toppled the country`s pro-Moscow president. . . .