White House clears Ukraine of misusing US military aid funds

30 March, 11:13 AM
US hasn’t ‘seen any evidence that there’s been any egregious misconduct’ (Photo:Evelyn Hockstein/Reuters)

US hasn’t ‘seen any evidence that there’s been any egregious misconduct’ (Photo:Evelyn Hockstein/Reuters)

The White House sees no signs of flagrant violations of Ukraine’s use of military aid provided by the United States, the coordinator of the U.S. National Security Council, John Kirby, said at a briefing on March 29.

“We haven’t seen any evidence that there’s been any egregious misconduct when it comes to managing the security assistance that’s gone into Ukraine,” he said.

Kirby noted that Kyiv shares Washington’s concerns about ensuring proper accountability and transparency of equipment heading to the battlefield.

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“We all want to have as much oversight and accountability as possible. Of course, we do. It’s taxpayer-funded equipment and systems that are going to Ukraine, but it is a war. And real people are fighting and real people are dying. And in battle, you can’t predict every single perfect, secure movement of every single item that every single soldier takes into the fight with him or her,” he said.

At the end of January 2023, the U.S. Treasury Department stated that they did not see any signs of improper use of U.S. funds in Ukraine. Auditors from the United States came to Kyiv to check the use of international aid.

Since the onset of the full-scale invasion by the Russian Federation, Washington has extended unparalleled military and financial aid to Kyiv while also imparting military training to the Ukrainian armed forces.

U.S. President Joe Biden stated that the country will support Ukraine as long as it is needed.

Previously, at the end of January, the U.S. Treasury said it had found no evidence of the misuse of U.S. funds by Ukraine. After that, at the end of February, the Pentagon reported that it had not found any evidence of the misuse of U.S. military aid either.

Some U.S. Republicans and U.S. media raised concerns about the possible misuse of U.S. aid by Ukraine, citing the country’s reputation for corruption.

However, none have ever given direct evidence to back up these concerns.

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