The mentioned package of military aid was approved by the U.S. Congress. The money will be allocated within the Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative (USAI).
“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.
Pentagon called Ukraine ‘a critical partner on the front line of strategic competition with Russia’.
The half of the funds – $125 million – includes the hardware for increasing the defense capacity of Ukraine in the maritime domain and improvement of the air surveillance systems to monitor sovereign airspace.
Besides, the sum includes counter-artillery radars and tactical equipment. Part of the funds will be spent for cyber defense and strategic communications to counter Russian cyber offensive operations and misinformation.
“These efforts are complemented by increased security assistance support from key NATO Allies and partners. The United States continues to urge all allies and partners to enhance their support for Ukraine’s security and defense sector,” the message said.
The Defense Ministry of Ukraine stated that the reform of the security and defense sector, approximation to the NATO standards and reaching of the maximal compatibility with the armed forces of the Alliance’s countries remain to be one of the main priorities of Ukraine.
As we reported, the European Commission provided Ukraine with the second tranche within the fourth program of the EU macro-financial aid in the sum of €500 million. The funds will be received in the form of the loan at 0.125 annual interest rate with the maturity until June 10, 2035.