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Pentagon officials stunned by Ukraine aid freeze, - media

Source : 112 Ukraine

Groundwork to freeze military aid to Ukraine was laid on July 24
09:59, 6 February 2020

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US officials were still working to expedite the delivery of Javelin anti-tank missiles to the Ukraine days before infamous telephone conversation between U.S. President Donald Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky took place on July 25, CNN reported.

According to the emails and other documents, which were reviewed by the media outlet, the decision to hold the military aid stunned officials, who had already assessed Ukraine deserved to receive it.

Defense officials hoped that U.S. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper might be able to persuade the President to drop the hold.

The documents were obtained ahead of U.S. Senate voting on Trump's impeachment case.

Related: Behind the Ukraine aid freeze: 84 days of conflict and confusion

As we reported earlier, U.S. Senate voted to acquit Donald Trump on two articles of impeachment. 

Trump was accused of withholding military aide to press Ukraine for an investigation into Joe Biden, a Democratic rival, and obstructing the congressional investigation into his conduct.

52 voted not guilty for the 1st article, 53 - for the 2nd.

Related: US admits delay of 214 mln dollars-worth military aid for Ukraine illegal

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