17 April 2021,   09:33
US announces USD 125 million defense aid package for Ukraine

The Pentagon on Monday announced a USD 125 million military aid package for Ukraine, including two armed patrol boats to help the country defend its territorial waters.

The remaining USD 150 million in military aid approved by Congress for the 2021 budget year will not be provided until the departments of State and Defense are in a position to certify to Congress that Ukraine has made “sufficient progress on key defense reforms this year”, - the Pentagon said.

“The Department encourages Ukraine to continue to enact reforms that strengthen civilian control of the military, promote increased transparency and accountability in defense industry and procurement, and modernize its defense sector in other key areas in line with NATO principles and standards”, - reads the statement.