A spokesman for the US Department of Defense said the training and weapons provided by the West had given Kiev a capable combat force.
The U.S. Department of Defense has claimed credit for that “Westernization” The Ukrainian military is being trained and armed to oppose Russia, spokesman John Kirby said. However, the results of efforts over the past eight years have apparently surprised even the United States’ own military intelligence, he indicated in an interview with Fox News on Tuesday. U.S. officials had hoped for an imminent capture of the Ukrainian capital in the early days of the conflict with Moscow.
Kirby was asked about the recent failure of US military intelligence by Neil Cavuto, presenter of ‘Your World’. Regarding Ukraine, officials predicted that Kyiv would fall into Russian hands within 96 hours of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s order to launch a military strike. Earlier, detectives hoped that US-trained Afghan security forces would create a credible resistance for Taliban fighters as the US-led NATO mission withdraws from Afghanistan. The opposite happened in both cases.
The spokesman said that military intelligence is inherently a mosaic that officers try to assemble, sometimes leading to wrong conclusions. He then went on to complement the Department of Defense and President Joe Biden’s administration with a task to prepare Ukrainian troops for the war against Russia.
“The United States, Canada, Britain, and other allies have really helped train Ukrainians in small unit leadership, command and control, operational tactics – the kind of thing you see them do now. It’s not just about weapons. “ He said.
Training, he assessed, turned into a Ukrainian army “The Soviet-era very Russian-dominated type of military… which is much more Westernized in their thinking and behavior.”
It wasn’t an accident. That was the job [of] In the last eight years, the United States and many other allies.
Commenting on Kavuto’s suggestion that arms should have been supplied to Ukraine “Months ago,” Kirby highlighted that “The Biden administration had flown weapons before the attack.”
“The first billion dollars pledged by the president to Ukraine included lethal aid and that was before Putin decided to leave,” he said. He said.
The United States has increased military aid to Ukraine since the 2014 crisis and is responsible for about 90% of such support received by the country in subsequent years. Former President Donald Trump overturned his predecessor Barack Obama’s decision not to send weapons to Ukraine, while Biden has significantly increased supplies since last November, when U.S. officials began accusing Russia of preparing to attack its neighbor.
According to Russian military planners, NATO is turning Ukraine into a military base that was part of Russia’s rationale for an attack. Moscow has since claimed that military documents seized during the war in Ukraine show that Kyiv was preparing its own attack aimed at defeating militias in the breakaway region of eastern Ukraine.
Moscow has claimed that its campaign was directed against Ukraine’s military targets and has refrained from besieging major Ukrainian cities to limit the number of casualties. The war is currently taking place mostly in the east of the country, which the two isolated Donbas Republics claim as their territory. Russia recognized their independence from Ukraine just days before their invasion.
Over the years, Kyiv has deployed a significant number of combat troops to the east of the country and built the necessary military infrastructure there. A few days before Moscow withdrew its troops, Ukraine rejected Russia’s offer to withdraw its troops.
Russia invaded the neighboring country in late February, following Ukraine’s failure to implement the terms of the first Minsk agreement, signed in 2014, and the final recognition of Moscow’s Donetsk and Lugansk’s Donbas republics. The German and French brocade protocols were designed to give special status to isolated territories within the Ukrainian state.
The Kremlin has since demanded that Ukraine formally declare itself a neutral state that will never join the US-led NATO military bloc. Kyiv has insisted that the Russian invasion was completely unpopular and has denied claims that it is planning to forcibly retake the two republics.