The money was supposed to go for the purchase of weapons, including grenade launchers, secure communications, as well as Ukrainian naval combat craft.
More than $35 million of the roughly $400 million in aid to Ukraine has not been released to the country, according to a Pentagon spending document obtained by the Los Angeles Times.
The spending was earmarked for grenade launchers, secure communications and naval combat craft of the Ukrainian Naval Forces. It is not clear why the money has not been released, and members of Congress are demanding answers.
Pentagon spokeswoman Carla Gleason confirmed that $36 million had yet to be provided to Ukraine but declined to say why, instead reiterating that the aid would be obligated “over the next several weeks.”
We remind that on August 29, Trump ordered to review military assistance to Ukraine. At the time of the audit, the funds were frozen.
Later, the aid was unblocked to Kyiv, but in September a scandal erupted in the United States over Trump’s July telephone conversation with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
It became the reason for the announcement by the House of Representatives of the U.S. Congress on the impeachment of Trump.
According to opponents of the American leader, during the talks Trump tried to convince Zelensky to begin an investigation into the activities of the son of former U.S. Vice President Joseph Biden in Ukraine in exchange for providing financial and military assistance to Kyiv.
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