US Congress Proposes $300M for Ukraine’s Military in the Defense Authorization Bill for FY 2022

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Ukrainian soldier standing amid a US Air Force V-22 Osprey flying past during joint military exercises conducted in September 2021 / Credit: ArmyInform
Ukrainian soldier standing amid a US Air Force V-22 Osprey flying past during joint military exercises conducted in September 2021 / Credit: ArmyInform

U.S. lawmakers included efforts to push back against Russia in a compromise version of a massive annual defense bill, proposing $300 million for Ukraine's military

The fiscal 2022 National Defense Authorization Act authorizes $770 billion in military spending, about 5% more than last year's budget, as reported by Reuters Wednesday.

During ceremonial events marking the 30th birthday of Ukraine’s Armed Forces, Special Operations Forces units were handed over 40x Humvee military utility vehicles the United States had provided to Ukraine as part of a security aid package / Credit: Roman Petushkov

The legislation includes $300 million for the Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative, which provides support to Ukraine's armed forces, $4 billion for the European Defense Initiative and $150 million for Baltic security cooperation.

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The Ocean Grand cargo ship carrying two Island-class patrol boats provided as part of US military aid programs for Ukraine / Ukrainian Navy’s press office file photo

Now that it has passed the House, the NDAA must win Senate backing and be signed by Biden to become law.

Shipping containers containing Javelin anti-tank missiles arrived in Ukraine in late October 2021 as part of a shipment of extra US military aid / Press Office for Ukraine’s Ministry of Defense file photo

In 2021, the United States has earmarked $250 million for the Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative and provided additional military aid, including precision lethal weapons, in three shipments worth combined $60 million.

US military aid provided to Ukraine from 2014 to 2021

The United States committed approx $1.7 billion in security assistance to Ukraine over years from 2014 to 2020.

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