No Signs that Ukraine Aid Is Being Misused, DOD Tells Lawmakers

March 1, 2023

The House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee held its first Ukraine aid oversight hearing Tuesday, where Pentagon officials said they are confident the $113 billion in aid that has been sent to Kyiv over the past year is being used as intended.

“The U.S. government has not seen credible evidence of any diversion of U.S.-provided weapons outside of Ukraine,” said Celeste Wallander, assistant secretary of Defense for international security affairs.

Subcommittee Chair Ken Calvert (R-Calif.) said the committee will continue to support Ukraine aid but will require a plan and oversight.

“The Russians must understand that the West is united behind Ukraine and Russia must end this senseless conflict,” Calvert said in opening remarks. “Until then, this committee will ensure Ukraine has both the defensive and offensive weapons they need.”

DOD photo by U.S. Air Force TSgt. Jack Sanders

March 1, 2023

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