USAID audit found no serious violations related to Ukraine aid

30 March, 01:17 AM
Flags of Ukraine and the USA (Photo:REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton)

Flags of Ukraine and the USA (Photo:REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton)

United States Agency for International Development (USAID) inspectors found no major irregularities in the distribution of U.S. financial and security assistance to Ukraine, USAID Acting Inspector General, Nicole Angarella, said during a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing on March 29.

Angarella said the conclusion came after an extensive investigation and audit by USAID.

According to her, two more investigations are currently underway, with five more are at preliminary stages. She also said that "a major USAID contractor operating in Ukraine" reported a case where abuse could occur during the bidding stage, allowing authorities to prevent the potential fraud from ever occurring.

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According to a report by Voice of America, Angarella noted that 60 people are working in her office alone to verify the distribution and use of aid to Ukraine, aided by employees at U.S. embassy in Kyiv.

The audit report says that the total amount of U.S. assistance related to Ukraine reaches $113 billion (including more than $62 billion in military aid).

In late January 2023, following U.S. auditors visiting Kyiv, the U.S. Treasury Department stated they see no signs of misuse of U.S. funds in Ukraine.

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