A meeting at the White House with Ukrainian officials was interrupted when Gordon Sondland, the U.S. ambassador to the European Union, said he had reached an agreement with the White House chief of staff for the Ukrainian president to meet with Trump if Ukraine agreed to open investigations. A new law would also call on the president to decide whether Ukraine should be a key NATO ally, condemn Russia`s imprisonment of 24 Ukrainian sailors and push Russia to implement the Minsk II peace agreement. “I`m very sure they weren`t related,” said Councillor Igor Novikov, who said he was “incredibly grateful” for the support of Congress and the Trump administration. “This is certainly good news for Ukraine, because we consider the United States to be one of our best partners and a true and proven friend.” The Ukraine Support Act (H.R. 4278) would declare the US policy of supporting the sovereignty and territorial integrity of a democratic Ukraine and the condemnation of Russia`s armed invasion of Ukraine and its illegal occupation of Crimea.  The bill would provide loan guarantees, offer various types of assistance and impose sanctions on persons “responsible for acts or participation in actions that undermine democratic processes in Ukraine or threaten their peace or territorial integrity, acts of serious corruption in Ukraine or the commission of serious human rights violations.”   When asked if it is a consideration for the White House to stop aid if Ukraine does not agree to open an investigation that could help Trump politically, Mulvaney replied: “We do it all the time with foreign policy. … Move on.
There will be political influence in foreign policy. Colonel Andrii Ordynovych, the Ukrainian military attaché in Washington, said that when the Ukrainian army began, the Anti-Tank Anti-Tank Weapons supplied by the United States, Russian tanks and armoured agents, which once operated with devastating impunity, had spread. The United States has provided more than $1.5 billion in security assistance to Ukraine since 2014, when Russian-backed separatists began driving tanks in eastern Ukraine. The most recent equipment has been much more of the same assistance that the United States has provided previously to help Ukraine monitor and secure its borders, send its troops more securely and effectively, and move toward NATO interoperability. . Some of the early non-lethal aid was helpful. After Ukraine received 20 Lockheed Martin AN/TPQ-53 radars in 2015 to track incoming mortars and short-range artillery fire, the casualty rate for units equipped with the system rose from 47 percent to about 18 percent, Ordynowych said. Not only can the reluctance of this aid send a signal to Russia, that the United States is not so concerned about the Russian occupation of Ukraine, but the suddenness, just months before the funds end, angered lawmakers and administrators. On Wednesday, Washington was consummated with a phone conversation between Trump and new Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy on July 25. According to a memorandum of appeal released by the White House, Zelenskiy asked to buy American Javelin anti-tank weapons and Trump asked Zelenskiy to help him work with U.S.
officials to investigate political rivals. Three House of Representatives committees are launching a wide-ranging investigation into allegations that Trump, his personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani and possibly others have tried to pressure the Ukrainian government to support the president`s re-election campaign by digging up dirt on a political rival. “These are completely different armed forces than we had before. Before 2014, we also had no enemies in military doctrine,” he said.