The Ukrainian Embassy in the US published a promotional piece titled “Standing Up With Ukraine Today Will Invest In Security Tomorrow” in October 23 issue of The Washington Post.
The piece promotes collaboration between the US and Ukrainian defense and security sectors, the achievements of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and the importance of military-technical assistance to help “against Russian aggression.”
“Ukraine is ready for the next step,” says the piece. “In the last three years [Ukraine] has shown in-depth and game-changing reforms in the defense and security sector,” it adds citing US military assistance as “vital to Ukraine’s defense so far.”
The piece lists various achievements, like Ukraine spending 5.6% of its GDP on defense and security and the joint military projects with the US like Antonov aircrafts with Honeywell avionics and Ukrainian armed vehicles with Allison Transmission. It also claims that 8 battalions have reached interoperability with NATO standards, and that since 2015 the US instructors have trained more than 4000 servicemen.
The promo also quotes the Heritage foundation report, which says: “Thanks to international training, the Ukrainian military is professional, is capable, and has demonstrated responsibility for advanced weapons.”
It is interesting to note that the piece is not labeled as an advertizing.