WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
- Ukraine reportedly still has not received the military aid of about $35 million that has been approved by US Congress, though the White House previously said that aid had been released to the country.
- The money had been intended to be used for grenade launchers, secure communications and naval combat craft, but according to a Los Angeles Times report on Tuesday, it has not left the U.S. Treasury.
- The delayed military aid is part of the $400 million package that President Donald Trump withheld, sparking an impeachment inquiry into whether he intentionally held up the funds for his own political benefit.
Ukraine still has not received the $35 million military aid that was approved by US Congress, making the country more vulnerable.
The White House previously stated that the aid had been released to the US ally.
The money, (about $35.2 million) part of a $400 million military aid package, would be released to Ukraine “over the next several weeks.” The reason for the delay was not provided, a Pentagon spokesperson told the Time.
The military aid package that President Donald Trump withheld sparked an impeachment inquiry into whether he improperly held up the funds for his
own political benefit.
In a report released in September, a whistleblower accused Trump of asking Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in July for personal favors in exchange for the funds, a case some Democrats believe as an example of quid pro quo. These requests included Trump asking Zelensky to launch an investigation against former Vice President Joe Biden, Trump’s political rival, and his son Hunter Biden.
In the wake of the whistleblower report, the White House has said that there had been no wrongdoing and that Ukraine was eventually given its aid. Senate Republicans argued the funds were delayed because the president was not convinced that Zelensky was serious about fighting corruption.