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The United States has committed over US$1.1 billion since 2014 to help Ukraine defend itself.

"Since 2014, the U.S. has committed over $1.1 billion in military training and equipment to help Ukraine defend itself and secure its borders," the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine said on Facebook on May 23.

It also said that on behalf of U.S. Embassy Kyiv and European Command, Colonel Bob Peters joined General Mykola Malkov, Commander of the Special State Transportation Service, to plant a tree in commemoration of the strong U.S.-Ukraine defense partnership.

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As UNIAN reported earlier, the U.S. Congress subcommittee approved a bill earlier in May 2019 that provides for the allocation of $250 million in defense assistance to Ukraine. "The defense subcommittee of the U.S. House Appropriations Committee has approved a bill on the FY 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The amount of funds proposed for providing security assistance to Ukraine is set at $250 million. Of this amount, $50 million is proposed to be allocated solely on the provision of lethal defensive weapons," the Embassy of Ukraine in the USA wrote on Facebook.

The funds should also be directed to the implementation of such programs as military personnel training, provision of military hardware and equipment, logistics, and intelligence support of the Ukrainian armed forces.

The document should be approved by the House Appropriations Committee and then passed by the House of Representatives and the Senate, after which it will be handed over to the U.S. president to enact it.