Stars and Stripes
January 19, 2023
US has given $113B in aid to help Ukraine in its war with Russia, oversight report says
Three inspectors general, including the Pentagon’s top watchdog, have issued their first comprehensive oversight plan that outlines transparency efforts to manage and keep track of billions of dollars that the U.S. has provided Ukraine….
The 42-page report states Congress provided $113.4 billion for Ukraine through emergency supplemental funding measures in March, May, September and December.
A majority of the congressionally authorized funding, $62 billion, went to support efforts through the Defense Department. About $46 billion went to efforts by the State Department and U.S. Agency for International Development, or USAID, and about $5 billion through other departments.
“The $62.3 billion in [Pentagon] funding supports security assistance requirements in Ukraine and operational mission requirements within the U.S. European Command area of responsibility, replacement of DoD stocks provided to Ukraine through presidential drawdown and excess defense article authorities, and reimbursement for defense services, education, and training provided to Ukraine,” according to the report. “Furthermore, this funding provides for additional service requirements such as operations and maintenance; military personnel, research, development, test, and evaluation, and procurement of new munitions and equipment.”
Many congressional Republicans, including those in the now GOP-held House, have called recently for increased oversight of aid to Ukraine….some Republicans have said there should be a limit to how much the U.S. helps Ukraine.