US lawmakers propose bill to increase aid to Ukrainian military


WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican and U.S. Democratic senators on Thursday introduced legislation to back Ukraine with $ 300 million in annual military funding and other backing, a year after the Eastern European country collapsed be found at the center of the impeachment of President Donald Trump.

The bill was introduced by Republican and Democratic leaders on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, President Jim Risch and senior member Bob Menendez, as well as Republicans Rob Portman and John Barrasso and members of the Democratic committee Chris Murphy and Jeanne Shaheen.

The bill also authorizes up to $ 4 million to train Ukrainian military officers, requires a Defense Department and State Department report on the needs of the Ukrainian armed forces and a security assistance plan and calls for the appointment of a special envoy for Ukraine.

Congressional military aid to Ukraine was at the center of the House of Representatives impeachment inquiry last year against US President Donald Trump.

Trump has been accused of obstructing Congress and denying aid to the Kiev government as he faced Russian aggression after pressuring the President of Ukraine to investigate the Democratic candidate’s son. Presidential Joe Biden.

Reporting by Patricia Zengerle; Editing by Aurora Ellis


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