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US finds no misuse of equipment provided to Ukraine — Ambassador Brink

3 November, 2023 Friday
11:02

Representatives of the US Embassy, who monitor the use of military, humanitarian and other aid to Kyiv, have not recorded any cases of misuse of such aid

The United States Ambassador to Ukraine, Bridget Brink, said this in an interview with Fox News.

Mrs. Brink acknowledged that Ukraine, like other former Soviet states, has a long-standing problem with corruption, but the full-scale invasion has changed the public perception of corruption and it is no longer tolerated.

"A good thing number two, the Ukrainians, President Zelenskyy, his government, his Parliament have been doing many steps even while fighting this war to fight corruption, including now prosecuting a number of very senior officials and members of parliament," Brink added.

In addition, the diplomat reminded that the US Embassy is carrying out enhanced control of the assistance to Ukraine - one third of the mission's staff is engaged in this, as well as representatives of the US Office of the Inspector General from three different agencies.

"I can say that not one piece of equipment has been diverted in a way that it hasn't been intended to be used, not one piece of humanitarian aid or any other direct budget support or other types of assistance," she emphasized.

"We're watching this like a hawk and we need to keep working closely, but the Ukrainians have been incredibly open with all of the security and other types of assistance so that we could have eyes on the ground ," Brink added.

  • Ukraine has already undergone several inspections of the use of US funds, and none of them have confirmed any significant misuse. Instead, the Ukrainian authorities are actively engaged in cooperation with the United States at many levels to ensure transparency and accountability in the use of billions of dollars of US taxpayer funds provided to Ukrainians.
  • In March, the United States found "no serious irregularities" related to aid to Ukraine.
  • On September 14, US President Joe Biden announced the appointment of former Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker as Special Representative for Ukraine's Economic Recovery. On October 16, she paid a visit to Ukraine.

 
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