The United States announced new aid worth $457 million to support the national police and border guards of Ukraine.
The US State Department today announced the latest aid to Ukraine, in addition to billions of dollars in aid to the country’s military in the war with Russia.
“The protective equipment, medical supplies and armored vehicles that we provide have greatly reduced the casualties of Ukrainian civilians and their defenders,” said US Secretary of State Antony Blinken. “The United States stands with the Ukrainian people and is committed to supporting a democratic, independent, and sovereign Ukraine.”
The United States has committed more than $645 million in aid to Ukrainian law enforcement since mid-December 2021, according to the US State Department. The new aid comes after Ukraine announced the discovery of a mass grave in the town of Izyum following the withdrawal of Russian forces. Kiev said the bodies of 447 people, mostly civilians, were uncovered and some showed signs of torture.
The US State Department said the new aid will support border guards and national police, as well as efforts to investigate Russia’s actions after it withdrew.
The US is currently the largest military supporter for Ukraine with many modern heavy weapons, including HIMARS rocket systems, M777 howitzers and combat drones. Washington has pledged about $15 billion in military aid to Kiev. In early September, the White House asked Congress to allocate an additional $11.7 billion in military assistance to Ukraine by early 2023.
Hong Hanh (Theo AFP)