US to Review Spending on Military Aid to Ukraine

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The US Defense Department has announced a review of spending on arms for the Ukrainian side. The U.S. has spent $26.6 billion on military aid to Ukraine. The American government now wants to analyze on what these funds were spent. This was announced by the Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Defense Sean O’Donnell in an interview with Bloomberg. According to him, this review will focus on the issue of the effectiveness of the Pentagon’s cost accounting system related to Ukraine. In particular, it is planned to check the effectiveness of training of the Ukrainian military and the possible fall of weapons into the black markets. He noted that NATO representatives “seem to be confident that sufficient security measures are in place for arms shipments.” “As far as we know, everything that is supposed to shoot and explode is used by the Ukrainians on the battlefield,” O’Donnell stressed. The Pentagon inspector general explained that Ukraine keeps records of U.S. weapons “by hand-written receipts, on paper,” and when equipment arrives in Ukraine, “I don’t think they (the U.S.) know quite precisely” where it will end up. Earlier, U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin confirmed to his Ukrainian counterpart Washington’s stable support in transferring Kyiv the necessary weapons to counter Russian aggression. Корреспондент