Pentagon decides to allocate additional $250 million to Ukraine for defense

The US Department of Defense announced that it will allocate an additional $250 million to Ukraine in the framework of cooperation between the countries in the field of defense, according to a statement on the Pentagon website.

"This security cooperation is made possible by Ukraine’s continued progress on the adoption of key defense institutional reforms to align Ukraine’s national security architecture with Euro-Atlantic principles," reads the statement of the Defense Department of the USA.

The money is intended for " for additional training, equipment, and advisory efforts to build the capacity of Ukraine’s armed forces," explains the Pentagon.

Considering the additional $250 million, the total amount of Washington's assistance to Kyiv in the defense sector from 2014 will reach $1.5 billion.

" The United States remains committed to helping Ukraine implement provisions of Ukraine’s 2018 Law on National Security to strengthen democratic civilian control of the military, promote command and control reforms, enhance transparency and accountability in acquisition and budgeting, and advance defense industry reforms. These reforms will bolster Ukraine’s ability to defend its territorial integrity in support of a secure, prosperous, democratic, and free Ukraine.," noted Pentagon.

Ukraine's new law on the National Security was adopted in 2018, and its goals are strengthening of democratic civilian control over the armed forces, the increase of transparency and accountability in the purchase of military equipment, and promotion of the reforms of the defense industry. "These reforms will strengthen Ukraine's ability to defend its territorial integrity to ensure a safe, prosperous, democratic and free Ukraine," stated the US Department of Defense.

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