U.S. ready to provide $125 mln in military aid to Ukraine for progress on reforms

U.S. ready to provide $125 mln in military aid to Ukraine for progress on reforms

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The Pentagon is ready to provide additional military aid to Ukraine, citing achievements in key institutional reforms, CNN has reported, citing a U.S. defense official and a congressional aide.

"The Pentagon has notified Congress that Ukraine's government has made the necessary progress on key institutional reforms, thereby justifying an additional $125 million in new military assistance, including patrol boats armed with remote-controlled 30mm autocannons," the report reads.

The U.S. Department of Defense believes that Kyiv "was making progress in countering corruption, improving transparency and boosting civilian oversight," which was required by law to permit the assistance package moving forward.

According to the report, the package is the second half of the $250 million in Ukraine Security Assistance that was appropriated by Congress in the 2020 National Defense Authorization Act.

At the same time, a Pentagon spokesperson declined to comment on the assistance, citing a department policy of not commenting on arms packages that are under congressional review.

The new assistance package includes mobile radar systems designed to detect and track incoming artillery and rocket fire, dozens of ambulances, secure communications equipment, including 100 "tactical tablets" and the two patrol boats, the latter of which is seen as particularly important given Ukraine's tensions with Russia in the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov.

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