The Congress of the United States has presented the draft of the Consolidated Appropriations Act for the 2018 financial year, agreed by the Senate and the House of Representatives, which suggests allocating $620.7 million to Ukraine, which is considerably greater than the figure allocated last year. U.S. financial assistance to Ukraine has increased for the 2018 financial year, the Embassy of Ukraine in the United States wrote on Facebook, UNIAN reports.
Therefore, according to the document, $200 million is going to be allocated for the Pentagon to provide military-technical assistance to Ukraine, which exceeds the 2017 appropriations by $50 million. This money will be used to finance specific U.S. support projects for Ukraine’s Armed Forces, for example, military training, provision of military equipment and ammunition, lethal defensive weaponry, other military equipment, and services, as well as logistic support.
Moreover, the assistance package includes intelligence support for Ukraine’s armed and security forces. In respect of Ukraine, the U.S. State Department and relevant authorities have decided to assign $420.7 million, which exceeds last year’s figure by $10 million. Also, funding is aimed at enhancing the Ukraine support policy under the “Foreign Military Financing” program.
“Before coming into force, the Consolidated Appropriations Act 2018 is to be approved by the Senate and the Congress and then signed by the President of the United States. We are very thankful for the support from our strategic partner, the United States of America.