The bill was presented by the Republican and Democratic leaders of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Chairman Jim Risch, and ranking member Bob Menendez, along with Republicans Rob Portman and John Barrasso and Democratic committee members Chris Murphy and Jeanne Shaheen.
It also authorizes the allocation of up to four million dollars to train Ukrainian military officers and requires the appointment of a special envoy for Ukraine. Besides that, a Department of Defense and State Department report on the requirements of Ukraine’s armed forces and a plan to supply security assistance are also envisaged.
As we reported earlier, the U.S. will provide Ukraine with 250 million dollars of military aid. These funds will be spent on the training of the Ukrainian military and the purchase of hardware.
“The Department of Defense announced today its plans for $250 million in Fiscal Year 2020 Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative (USAI) funds for additional training, equipment, and advisory efforts to strengthen Ukraine’s capacity to more effectively defend itself against Russian aggression,” the message said.