The US DoD is providing Ukraine with a further $150 million (€123 million) in assistance that includes training, equipment, and advisory efforts to help Ukraine’s forces preserve the country’s territorial integrity, secure its borders, and improve interoperability with NATO, the Department announced on 11 June.
This package represents the remaining funds appropriated by Congress for USAI in FY 2021 and is made possible by DoD, in coordination with the Department of State, certifying that Ukraine has made sufficient progress on defence reforms this year, as required by the National Defense Authorization Act.
The USAI package includes capabilities to enhance the lethality, C2 and situational awareness of Ukraine’s forces through the provision of counter-artillery radars, counter-UAS systems, secure communications equipment, EW and medical evacuation equipment, and training and equipment to improve the operational safety and capacity of Ukrainian Air Force bases.
These capabilities complement the $125 million USAI package announced in March that included armed Mark VI patrol boats, counter-artillery radars, tactical equipment, support for a satellite imagery and analysis capability, and equipment to support military medical treatment and combat evacuation procedures.
The Department encourages Ukraine to continue to enact reforms to: better align Ukraine’s defence enterprise with the core NATO principle of democratic civilian control of the military; adopt a defence industry strategy that better supports the needs of the Ukrainian armed forces, bolsters Ukraine’s economic competitiveness, and improves corporate governance; adopt foreign direct investment controls based on national security interests; increase efficiency and transparency in the defence procurement cycle; and advance human resources management reforms to align the Ukrainian armed forces with a Western-style career management system.
The US has committed more than $2.5 billion in security assistance to Ukraine since 2014, and will continue to strengthen the strategic defence partnership between the two nations, including through the provision of defensive lethal assistance. The US will also continue to assist Ukraine with the implementation of these reforms to advance its Euro-Atlantic aspirations in support of a secure, prosperous, democratic, and free Ukraine.