The Pentagon notified the U.S. Congress that Ukraine needs $125 million worth of additional military assistance as the country has made progress in implementing reforms. CNN reported on Thursday, 28 May, citing its own sources in Congress and the Defense Ministry.
These funds are the second half of the $250 million aid package, which was previously approved by Congress.
The reason for providing financial support to Kiev is based on the fact that Ukraine has achieved results in countering corruption, increasing transparency and strengthening public control.
“The new aid package includes mobile radar systems designed to detect and track incoming artillery and missile attacks, dozens of ambulances, secure communications equipment, including 100 tactical tablets and two patrol boats,” the article said.
However, the Pentagon representative refused to comment on this information and referred to the department’s policy not to discuss the articles on military support, which are under consideration in Congress.
CNN reported in early March that the US plans to provide $125m worth of military assistance to Ukraine. However, even at that time, the journalists failed to obtain official confirmation of this information.
In early January, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had a telephone conversation with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy. Then Pompeo confirmed his “strong support” for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity and stated that Washington was aimed at a strategic partnership with Kiev.