Ukraine defends ‘full interoperability’ with NATO weapons systems in ‘historic’ partnership 2022-04-28 12:02:56

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Ukraine On Thursday, it defended its evolving partnership with NATO as “full interoperability” and said it had gained access to Modern Alliance Weapons As its war with Russia continues for the ninth week.

More than 40 NATO members and allied countries from around the world gathered for US-led talks in Germany and agreed to provide more aid to Ukraine this week.

Ukrainian soldiers ride an armored personnel carrier on the outskirts of Kryvyi Rih on April 28, 2022.

Ukrainian soldiers ride an armored personnel carrier on the outskirts of Kryvyi Rih on April 28, 2022.
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Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov said Thursday that there have been “tectonic shifts at the level of philosophy” when it comes to Kyiv’s relationship with NATO and other allied countries.

“For a long time, we have been convincing our partners that it is desirable to provide Ukraine with Western-compatible weapons that meet NATO standards,” he said. “The transition to Western cadres and technology is a strategic decision that was finally made.

“This will gradually ensure the full interoperability of the Ukrainian army with the armies of NATO countries,” Reznikov added.

Since taking office last year, the defense minister said, he has made joining the 30-member coalition a top priority.

It is unclear whether Ukraine will continue to seek NATO membership given that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky acknowledged his ambition last month amid peace talks with Moscow.

But talks faltered and Russia refused to halt its deadly offensive in Ukraine, even suggesting it would look to neighboring Moldova next.

Reznikov praised the United States not only for bringing together countries from the European Union and NATO, but from Africa, the Middle East and Asia for encouraging them to provide more security aid to fend off Russia’s advance.

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Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov, second from right, speaks with his Lithuanian counterpart, Arvidas Anusauskas, at Ramstein Air Force Base in Germany, Tuesday, April 26, 2022.

Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov, second from right, speaks with his Lithuanian counterpart, Arvidas Anusauskas, at Ramstein Air Force Base in Germany, Tuesday, April 26, 2022.
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“This is a real alliance whose goal is not only to rein in the Kremlin, but to defeat Russian tyranny and give the civilized world a chance to win this war,” he said.

The defense minister said an advisory group has been set up that will meet once a month to coordinate logistics services to provide Ukraine with the security defenses it needs.

“For example, when decisions are made to supply Ukraine with one or another weapon, through coordination, weapons of the same type will come from different countries,” he explained. “I will not hide – three months ago this task was considered almost impossible.”

Not only will the partnership help supply Ukraine with weapons more efficiently, Reznikov said, it will help “interoperability” between defense industries as countries look to deter Russia from expanding its campaign in Europe.

The United States and allied countries have repeatedly expressed concern about sending certain types of defense assistance to Ukraine for which their forces have not been trained.

Ukrainian soldiers on Wednesday launched the BM-21 Grad multiple launch missile system in the Kharkiv region.

Ukrainian soldiers on Wednesday launched the BM-21 Grad multiple launch missile system in the Kharkiv region.
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But a senior defense official said last week that the United States was avoiding this problem by training a small group of Ukrainian forces in modern weapons in a third-party country. These soldiers can then return to Ukraine to train fellow troops.

“Our soldiers have mastered the weapons of the West for some time,” the defense minister said. “Now the training programs will be expanded and expanded.

“These are truly historic changes that will materialize in the coming weeks and months,” he said.

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