US announces $457 million to bolster Ukrainian law enforcement amid war

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky (left) and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken meet in Kyiv, Ukraine in early September. On Monday, Blinken announced an additional $457.5 million in aid for Ukrainian law enforcement. Photo by Ukrainian President’s Press Office/ UPI | License picture

September 26 (UPI) — The Biden administration on Monday announced $457.5 million in additional civilian assistance to bolster Ukrainian law enforcement and criminal justice agencies amid Russia’s war in the Eastern European country. ‘East.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said the new funding will improve the operational capability of law enforcement in Kyiv and save lives “as they continue to help defend the people of Ukraine, their freedom and their democracy. against the Kremlin’s brutal war of aggression”.

“Our provision of personal protective equipment, medical supplies and armored vehicles has significantly reduced casualties for Ukrainian civilians and their defenders,” Blinken said in a statement. A declaration. “Ukrainian law enforcement remains resilient, motivated and determined to carry out its extensive law enforcement missions and support innocent civilians in towns and cities facing continued Russian bombardment.”

Part of those funds will go to US support for Kyiv’s efforts to document, investigate and prosecute crimes committed by Russia amid its war, Blinken said.

According to the State Department, the United States has committed more than $645 million to Ukrainian law enforcement and criminal justice partners since December.

Russia invaded Ukraine in late February, and the United States and its allies responded with repeated rounds of sanctions and other punitive measures targeting the Kremlin while supporting Kyiv financially.

Amid the war, the United States has given Ukraine more than $15.1 billion in security assistance and more than $15.8 billion since January 2021, according to an information sheet of the State Department.

“The United States stands with the Ukrainian people and remains committed to supporting a democratic, independent, and sovereign Ukraine,” said the head of American diplomacy.

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