Friday, February 6, 2015

Ukraine Says Losing the Electronic War to Rebels - Russia Insider

Ukraine has appealed for urgent international military assistance to combat an “electronic warfare” offensive, which it said is giving pro-Russian rebels a critical advantage in the worsening conflict.

Western nations have so far rebuffed Kiev’s calls for direct military assistance in the fight against Moscow-backed separatists in the east of the country.

But Pavlo Klimkin, Ukraine’s foreign minister, said a deeper “understanding” was growing in the US and EU that Ukraine needed high-tech gadgetry and training as much as weapons.

“The terrorists have been given the most modern weapons by the Russians [and are] trained by Russians and guided by Russians,” he said in an interview with the Financial Times. “We badly need communications equipment, jamming equipment – not just things considered lethal.”

Mr Klimkin, who became foreign minister in June, is a former Ukrainian ambassador to Germany who was born in the Russian city of Kursk.

Ukrainian forces are at a strategic disadvantage against separatists equipped with sophisticated technology including drones, which allow them to target artillery strikes and track troop movements. Ukrainian units are also often unable to contact each other because the separatists can jam their communications.

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