Pentagon has notified U.S. Congress that the Government of Ukraine has made the necessary progress on key institutional reforms. That is why it was decided to allocate an additional $125 million in new military assistance, including patrol boats armed with remote-controlled 30mm autocannons, CNN reports.
It is worth noting that this package is the second half of the $250 million in Ukraine Security Assistance that was appropriated by Congress in the 2020 National Defense Authorization Act.
As we reported earlier, U.S. President Donald Trump halted the military assistance to Ukraine before his phone conversation with Ukraine's counterpart Volodymyr Zelensky in July 2019.
Over the course of the conversation, he repeatedly said there's a need to continue the investigation against Burisma, the Ukrainian gas production company. This is the enterprise where Hunter Biden, the son of Joe Biden used to work.
Trump's intentions to halt military aid were confirmed by his ex-advisor John Bolton.
"President Trump told his national security adviser in August that he wanted to continue freezing $391 million in security assistance to Ukraine until officials there helped with investigations into Democrats including the Bidens," the message reads.