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21 October, 2021
U.S. Secretary of Defence visited Ukraine

The United States will continue to do its utmost to support Ukraine, U.S. Secretary of Defence Lloyd Austin promised during his recent visit to Ukraine. Indeed, almost simultaneously with his visit, another consignment of international technical assistance arrived from Washington.

Ukraine has received more than $2 billion in logistical support from the United States since 2014. This year’s aid is expected to amount to about $300 million of navigators, medical devices, etc. Ukraine also received armored vehicles and five Island-type ships.

We remind readers that the United States provides assistance subject to key reforms in Ukraine, including the need to conduct democratic civilian control over the security and defence sector, bring the armed forces in line with the Western system of government, reform the defence sector and the State Security Service (SBU), and make defence procurement transparent.

Secretary Lloyd Austin discussed progress in reforms during a meeting with President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyi and Ukrainian counterpart Andriy Taran. They all agree that reforming the security and defence sector in line with Euro-Atlantic standards will bring Ukraine closer to the NATO standards required for NATO membership.

Therefore, we hope to see the law on defence procurement implemented as soon as possible, the transformation of Ukroboronprom in accordance with international standards of corporate governance, quality reform of the SBU, and the strengthening of civilian control.