On 19 June, it became known that the acting head of the US Defense Department, Patrick Shanahan, would not be going through with the required confirmation process.
In the summer of 2018, the US will send the First Tank Brigade with the colourful name of ‘Ironhorse’ and which is part of the First Cavalry Army to Europe “under the auspices of the next rotation of forces for the Atlantic Resolve operation”. As the US mission to NATO explained, the division itself is permanently dislocated in Fort Hood in Texas.
The US have approved commercial licenses for the delivery of small arms to Ukraine. The State Department has denied this fact in a RIA-Novosti commentary; however, a representative of the agency confirmed the fact that the issuing of a licence had taken place in an interview for TASS. Among the weaponry are Barrett M107A1 rifles, spare parts, additional equipment, and also ammunition for the total cost of 41,5 million dollars.
We remind the reader that the day before another escalation had taken place in South-Eastern Ukraine.