Friday, February 7, 2020

U.S. holding up $30 mln worth of arms and ammo, Ukraine officials say

February 7, 2020 (UNIAN) Final approval for six arms deals worth roughly $30 million has been held up for more than a year, and Ukraine has no idea why four officials told BuzzFeed News. At the heart of the impeachment saga that ended on Wednesday in Donald Trump's acquittal was $391 million in U.S. military assistance for Ukraine that the U.S. president ordered be withheld. But that aid package, which was eventually released last September, wasn't the only U.S. arms transfer meant for the war-torn country that was held up.
Several direct commercial sales of arms and ammunition to Ukraine faced significant delays at the same time – and they remain mysteriously frozen months later, BuzzFeed News has learned. Now, after a lengthy wait and down payments in the tens of millions of dollars for the equipment, Kyiv wants its money back.