By Semyon Semyonchenko, Commander, Donbas Battalion
09.18.2014 – 9:24pm
Translated and edited by Voices of Ukraine
Washington, DC – The Foreign Affairs Committee of the [US] Senate unanimously approved the “The Ukraine Freedom Support Act of 2014” by a vote today (18 – for, 0 – against).
…. The law requires that the president apply sanctions against:
- Rosoboronexport and other Russian firms in the defense industry, who contribute to instability in Ukraine, Moldova, Georgia and Syria;
- Companies worldwide that make significant investments in Russian crude oil and, in particular, alternative energy projects;
- Gazprom, if the President determines that Gazprom is deliberately withholding a significant supply of natural gas from member countries of NATO or further withholds such supplies from countries such as Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova.
The law also authorizes imposing restrictions on transactions of foreign financial institutions in the banking system of the United States, if it is determined that the financial institution has engaged in significant sanctionable transactions related to Russia’s defense and energy sectors, or significant transactions on behalf of any Russian individual or entity, which has been sanctioned in connection with the crisis in Ukraine.
This legislation authorizes the President of the United States to provide military assistance to Ukraine, including:
- Provision of defense articles, defense services and training to the Government of Ukraine for the purpose of countering offensive weapons and the reestablishing the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, including anti-tank and anti-tank armor weapons; weapons and ammunition for the crews; anti-artillery radars to identify and target artillery batteries; fire control, range finders, optical equipment; guidance and control equipment; surveillance drones for tactical forces, and secure command and communications equipment.
This law authorizes the allocation of $ 350 million in the 2015 fiscal year to carry out these activities.
P.S. now we need them to vote for this bill in the Senate and Congress.
PS2. Tomorrow I will sit down write a post on the preliminary results of our trip, we really did a lot. More can be done. I hope those guys with whom I met in the diaspora, will keep on trying.
PS3. about having fun. Today friends sent the link to the next opus of Rashistic tv. NTV yesterday, today, even Channel 1 gets stars. NTV was philosophizing, saying that the CIA is preparing a new military coup in Ukraine, and they say I should do it. The reality of the other channels is as simple as an axe. We are meeting in Washington with old Nazis who lurk here … Against the backdrop of the childlike simplicity of Russian media the efforts of our domestic “Internet killers” seem like the height of deceit. Apparently the audiences are different nonetheless …
I know back home it’s 4 in the morning, here, only half past nine. I want to go home already … Goodnight
Glory to Ukraine.
Source: Semyon Semyonchenko FB