U.S. announces $457.5 million in civilian aid to Ukraine

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The United States announced $457.5 million in civilian aid to Ukraine.

The United States will give $457.5 million in new civilian security aid to Ukraine, with a portion of the funds going toward the government’s investigation into alleged crimes, Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced on Monday.

According to a statement from Blinken, the aid is intended to support Ukrainian law enforcement and criminal justice organizations.

“A portion of this new assistance will also continue U.S. support for the Ukrainian government’s efforts to document, investigate, and prosecute atrocities perpetrated by Russia’s forces, drawing on our long-standing relationship with Ukrainian criminal justice agencies,” the U.S. top diplomat said.

The aid was announced some few days after a panel appointed by the UN found that Russia had committed war crimes in the Ukrainian regions it had seized, including rape, torture, executions, and child confinement.

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Erik Mose, who heads the Commission of Inquiry on Ukraine, said on Friday that “a large number” of war crimes had been committed by Russia and only two cases by Ukraine, involving the ill-treatment of Russian soldiers.

Since the invasion on February 24, Ukraine and its Western allies have accused Russian forces of a long list of wrongdoings, but Moscow has routinely rejected the accusations as a disinformation campaign.

Since mid-December, the United States has provided Ukrainian law enforcement and its partners with more than $645 million in aid, according to Blinken.

Personal protection equipment, medical supplies, and armored vehicles provided by the United States have decreased casualties among Ukrainian citizens and those defending them.