Ambassador of Ukraine to the United States Valeriy Chaly has said the U.S. defense budget provides for the allocation of $350 million in military aid to Ukraine and a significant expansion of the assistance.
"For the first time, it is proposed that Ukraine be provided with such defensive means as air-defense and surface search surveillance radars, naval countermine means, offshore and coastal patrol ships," Chaly wrote on Facebook.
Read alsoEnvoy to U.S. urges Congressman Engel to support enhanced aid for Ukraine"It also includes funds for the rehabilitation of our wounded soldiers in medical institutions in the United States, training of Ukrainian paramedics," Chaly said.
The Senate and the House of Representatives must vote on the bill before it is sent to the U.S. President for review.
"The position of both chambers of the American parliament once again highlights the high level of bicameral and bipartisan support of Ukraine in opposing the Kremlin's aggression," the Ukrainian embassy said.
As UNIAN reported earlier, the United States House and Senate Armed Services Committees approved the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2018, which provides $350 million in military aid to Ukraine, including defensive lethal weapons. However, the legislation restricts half of these funds until the Secretary of Defense certifies that Ukraine has taken substantial action to make defense institutional reforms critical to sustaining capabilities developed using security assistance.