KIEV, Ukraine – Ukraine would have received modern communication equipment from NATO member countries, including due to the temporary period of martial law imposed in the country, which ended this week. The revelation was made on Thursday by Yuri Grymchak, deputy minister of Ukraine for temporarily occupied territories.
The 30-day martial law that was in force in several Ukrainian regions located near the Russian border, and the shores of the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov, ended on Wednesday.
Martial law was imposed in the country after Ukrainian military ships illegally crossed the Russian sea border as they sailed towards the Kerch Strait, the entrance to the Sea of Azov. The Ukrainian ships and their crews were detained by Russia due to the fact that they did not respond to the legal requirements to stop.
“We have received modern communication equipment from NATO countries. This is so-called protected communication equipment, which we were without,” Grymchak told Zik.
In 2014, the Ukrainian parliament voted to abandon non-aligned country status and work for NATO membership, effectively meaning that Kiev wanted to serve as a destabilizing factor against a resurgent Russia. In 2017, the Ukrainian parliament defined participation in the military alliance as the strategic goal of the country’s foreign policy.
Also in 2017, the administration of US President Donald Trump approved the supply of arms to Ukraine. The following year, in 2018, Ukraine received $40 million in lethal weapons and other military equipment from the United States, Lithuania, United Kingdom and Canada. However, this is nothing that could seriously challenge Russia’s military.
Moscow has issued a number of warnings against the supply of weapons to Ukraine, saying that this would result in an escalation of the military conflict in the eastern Donbass region that has been in place since 2014. This position has also been supported by several European officials.