U.S. budget of $200 million for military assistance to Ukraine

United States has approved a budget of $620 million to provide assistance to Ukraine, Ukrainian Ambassador to the United States Valeriy Chaly said, on Friday, March 24, 2018. Around $200 million will be allocated for military and technical assistance to Ukraine, which is by $50 million more than in 2017.

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Ukrainian Soldiers assigned to 3rd Battalion, 14th Mechanized Brigade operate a DshK machine gun at the Yavoriv Combat Training Center (CTC) here Feb. 16. Currently the 3-14th is completing a training rotation at the CTC where they will be mentored by U.S., Canadian, Lithuanian, Polish, and U.K service members as they strive toward attaining their goal of achieving NATO interoperability. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Alexander Rector) (Picture source U.S. MoD)

On December 12, 2017, U.S. President Donald Trump signed the country’s defense budget for the 2018 financial year, providing for $350 million in assistance to Ukraine’s military.

This $200 million of the budget will be used to finance U.S projects for the Armed Forces of Ukraine, in particular, such as training of soldiers, provision of military equipment, lethal defensive weapons, other military equipment and services, and logistic support.

In March 2017, the U.S. administration told Congress that it plans to sell Ukraine 210 anti-tank missiles. The U.S. State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Ukraine of Javelin Missiles and Javelin Command Launch Units (CLUs) for an estimated cost of $47 million.

The Government of Ukraine has requested to buy two hundred ten (210) Javelin Missiles and thirty-seven (37) Javelin Command Launch Units (CLUs) (includes two (2) Javelin CLUs to be used as spares). Also included are Basic Skill Trainers (BST); United States Government and contractor technical assistance, transportation, training and other related elements of logistics and program support. The total estimated cost is not to exceed $47 million.