Ukraine will continue to receive ‘significant’ support, US general says – NBC4 Washington

The United States and its allies will continue to provide “significant” support to Ukraine out of respect for the legacy of D-Day soldiers, whose victory over the Nazis led to a new world order and “better peace,” Major General Mark Mark. Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said Monday.

In an interview with The Associated Press overlooking Omaha Beach in Normandy, Milley said Russia’s war on Ukraine undermines the rules set up by the Allied countries after World War II ended. He spoke on the 78th anniversary of the D-Day invasion of Allied troops on the beaches of France, which led to the overthrow of the Nazi German occupation.

A fundamental rule of the “global rules-based order” is that “countries cannot attack other countries with their armed forces in acts of aggression unless it is an act of pure self-defense,” he stressed. “But that’s not what happened here in Ukraine. What has happened here is an overt, unequivocal act of aggression.”

“It is widely believed to undermine the rules for which these dead – here on Omaha Beach and in the cemetery in Colleville-sur-Mer – died. They died for something. They died to carry out that order so that we might have a better peace,” said Milley, speaking at the American Cemetery overlooking the coast in the northwestern French village of Colleville-sur-Mer.

That is why “the nations of Europe, the nations of NATO, are supporting Ukraine with lethal and non-lethal support to ensure that those rules are endorsed and supported,” Milley explained.

Dozens of veterans – all now in their 90s, from the US, Britain, Canada and elsewhere – took part in poignant D-Day ceremonies on Monday.

On June 6, 1944, Allied troops landed on the French beaches codenamed Omaha, Utah, Juno, Sword and Gold, carried by 7,000 boats. In that one day, 4,414 Allied soldiers lost their lives, 2,501 of them Americans. More than 5,000 were injured. Several thousand were killed or wounded on the German side. The massive invasion led to the defeat of Hitler and the end of World War II.

Asked about whether Ukraine is getting enough support, Milley noted that “a very, very important battle is underway in the Donbas”, referring to Ukraine’s heavily contested eastern industrial region bordering Russia. “But Kiev (the capital) was protected and successfully defended against. The Russians had to move their troops south into the Donbas. And we’ll see how this plays out.”

“I think the United States and the allied countries are providing a significant amount of aid to Ukraine and will continue to do so,” he said. He didn’t work out.

Milley also had strong words about Ukraine at the ceremony at the American Cemetery, which was attended by more than 20 World War II veterans and several thousand spectators.

“Kiev may be 2000 kilometers away, but they too are experiencing the same horrors today as the French civilians who experienced World War II at the hands of the Nazi invader,” Milley said in his speech. “Let’s not be the only ones here who are the last witnesses to a time when our Allies are coming together to defeat tyranny.”

Milley’s parents served during World War II and his uncle was in the navy off the coast of Normandy on D-Day as part of Operation Overlord.

That generation of soldiers ‘fought and sacrificed them for all of us… And I have a very, very special bond with them. And I have a lot of respect for what they’ve done. And I think we all – all of us today – need to carry on the legacy they fought for and died for,” said Milley.

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