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Ukrainian American Veterans 2024 Talking Points

Originally posted on 21 February 2024, updated on 22 March 2024

2024 Talking Point 1

Preamble: Ukrainian American Veterans applaud President Biden’s continuing support of Ukraine

Be it resolved that the Ukrainian American Veterans applaud and recognize the leadership and commitment of President Joe Biden that he demonstrated by visiting Kyiv, Ukraine’s capital, on Monday, February 20, 2023, Presidents’ Day, to show the commitment and support of Ukraine by the United States of America, and committed to be next to President Zelensky as long as it takes.  The U.S. Army stood up twelve Ukrainian Army Brigades and nineteen maneuver battalions with front-line NATO Infantry Fighting Vehicles in the past two years and is now training with U.S. M1A1 Main Battle Tank and NATO counterparts.

2024 Talking Point 2

Preamble: Ukrainian American Veterans emphasize our continued support of Ukraine by the United States of America, leading other allies.

Be it resolved, the Ukrainian American Veterans commend Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin for his continued leadership of the Ukraine Defense Contact Group (UDCG), comprised of representatives of 54 (32 NATO and 24 more) allies of Ukraine, who recently concluded their twentieth meeting, the first live in 2024, on March 20, 2024, at Ramstein Air Base, to address neutralizing and degrading the Russian Armed Forces in Ukraine, with the end state of said forces being incapable of conduct military operations at the operational and strategic level, emphasizing they will meet Ukraine’s immediate needs and logterm needs. The UDCG has established eight capability coalitions that have been established:

  1. Air Force
  2. Air Defense
  3. Artillery
  4. Maritime Security
  5. Armor
  6. Information Technology
  7. De-mining
  8. Drones

For each of these, you have two – or sometimes three – allies and partners who are standing up to lead and organize efforts to build this capability of Ukraine’s force. A new addition to this contact group meeting was the first meeting of the capability coalition leadership group. The secretary said that the meeting discussed progress and looked to coordinate the way ahead for cross-cutting issues.

Leading this group are Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, and the United Kingdom. “They all stepped up to lead the capability coalitions and to commit resources and personnel to this critical task,” Secretary Austin said. “And their leadership is a testament to the unity and resolve and our insight today.”

2024 Talking Point 3

Preamble: it is the legacy of the Ukrainian American Veterans to serve in the defense of the United States of America and our ancestral land, Ukraine.

Be it resolved that the Ukrainian American Veterans have served in the United States Armed Forces in every armed conflict since the Civil War, and those of us still serving, or with the benefit of their service, pledge to honor that legacy by encouraging Ukrainians and their allies both here and throughout the world to support that same battle for freedom and our inherent rights AS LONG AS IT TAKES! 

2024 Talking Point 4

Preamble: the battle to regain Ukraine’s sovereignty and freedom will require support from those fighting in the trenches, their leadership, and Ukrainians around the world

Be it resolved that the actions of President Zelensky, in a reinvigorated pursuit of the eradication of corruption, have shown a renewed resoluteness for Ukraine, engendering additional military support in the form of frontline armor, and training to NATO standards, which will serve the cause of freedom for Ukraine.

2024 Talking Point 5

Preamble: in assessing the tactical, operational, and strategic capabilities of Ukraine, continued, robust support will be essential;

Be it resolved that the current military training, both technical and tactical, being conducted by the United States, which has the Security Assistance Group-Ukraine (SAG-U) in charge, United Kingdom, Canada, Poland, and other allies (Ukraine Contact Group has 54 members), has created a frontline Ukrainian mechanized force, equipped with NATO frontline equipment, now conducting a counteroffensive to retake and secure the Ukrainian territory and its freedom-loving people, and prevent any future incursions.  500 Ukrainian troops recently arrived in Grafenwoehr, Germany.  On Friday, January 5, 2024, the 155th Armored Brigade Combat Team from the Mississippi Army National Guard took command of the Joint Multinational Training Group-Ukraine (JMTG-U) mission in Germany. The Mississippi Guard soldiers replaced the 39th Infantry Brigade Combat Team from the Arkansas National Guard who mentored Ukrainian forces during the previous nine months. The 39th oversaw the training of about 7,500 troops during their deployment, which included instruction on a variety of weapons systems now used on the frontlines.

Source – Stars and Stripes: New unit of Ukrainian troops training in Grafenwoehr as US soldiers from Mississippi take over mission

2024 Talking Point 6

Preamble – modern warfare is dynamic, constantly evolving and adjusting to current conditions, with Ukraine leading in developing effective future forces.

Be it resolved that the dynamism and adaptation of current doctrine by developing new tactics, techniques, and procedures (TTP) places Ukraine in a superior position during the long-war phase of the current crisis, the Russian incursion on February 24, 2022, as well as the invasion of Crimea and Luhansk and Donetsk Regions of Donbas, almost nine years ago.   The Ukrainian leadership, civilian and military, has adapted and will overcome all adversity to triumph and restore sovereignty and freedom not just for Ukraine as the eastern bulwark of freedom, but for the entire European federation.

Glory to Ukraine! Glory to Her Heroes!
Ukrainian American Veterans

Michael P. Hrycak
Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army, Retired
UAV National Commander