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US Congress to vote on providing defence aid for Ukraine

The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Defence of the US Congress has approved a bill that includes a 250 million-US dollar financial package for Ukraine, the UNIAN news agency reports.

“The subcommittee has approved a bill on the FY 2020 National Defense Authorisation Act. The amount of funds proposed for providing security assistance to Ukraine is set at 250 million dollars,” the Embassy of Ukraine in Washington said in a statement on May 16, adding that 50 million US dollars from the proposed amount would be allocated for funding lethal defence weapons.

The draft law now needs adopted by the House Appropriations Committee, passed by Congress and, finally, signed by US president Donald Trump. If adopted, the bill will provide funds for programmes related to military personnel training, provision of military hardware and equipment, logistics and support for Ukrainian intelligence services.