Thirteen Ukrainian Soldiers Died During Trump-Ordered Freeze on Military Aid
It is impossible to say whether timely delivery of American aid would have helped any individual soldier. But their deaths are a potent reminder that while the Trump administration was wrangling over military assistance, Kiev was—and remains—locked in a deadly struggle with its Russian-backed separatist adversaries.
Recent aid has also included anti-tank Javelin missiles, lauded as a symbol of Trump's commitment to helping Ukraine face down Russian and Russian-backed forces in the Donbass region. Congress earmarked at least at least $50 million of the aid shipment for weaponry, Politico reported. The aid package was released on September 11.
Bohdan Bihus, 28, Oleksandr Bardalym, 33, and Roman Dzhereleiko, 31, were all killed by seperatist forces on July 18 and 19. Bihus died in an explosion, while both Bardalym and Dzhereleiko were killed by snipers. The Kyiv Post reported that Bardalym was shot dead while trying to evacuate a wounded comrade.