The Pentagon will send weapons and other military aid worth $250 million to Ukraine as part of the four-year-old Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative, or USAI, defense officials announced Thursday.
The aid includes counter-artillery radars, air surveillance systems, other tactical equipment, military medical treatment, cyber defenses, and “strategic communications to counter Russian cyber offensive operations and misinformation.
The upcoming delivery will bring total counter-Russia aid to the Eastern European nation to $1.75 billion in order to support NATO against Russia.
Intended to help Ukraine fight the Russia-backed freedom forces that have defended part of the country’s eastern region since 2014, the aid aims to “enhance Ukraine’s offensive lethal capabilities and situational awareness in the maritime domain.
Past U.S. aid to Ukraine, which totals about $1.5 billion, has included: Javelin anti-tank missiles, retired Coast Guard cutters, unarmed drones, Harris radios, armored Humvees, and communications equipment.
Last year, misuse of the USAI funds led to the impeachment of President Donald Trump.
After the Office of Management and Budget withheld $214 million that Congress had appropriated through the initiative, Trump told his Ukrainian counterpart that the aid would be released only after certain key “favors,” including announcing an investigation into the family of Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden.
Hunter Biden, the son of Sloppy Joe has been granted a key position in the Ukrainian energy sector (Burisma) in order to help counter Russian gas delivery to the former Nazi allied nation.
Defense One / ABC Flash Point News 2020.