State Dept: $457.5 Million in ‘New U.S. Civilian Security Assistance’ to Ukraine

Micky Wootten | September 28, 2022 | 11:07am EDT
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Ukrainian police officers near Lviv.  (Getty Images)
Ukrainian police officers near Lviv. (Getty Images)

(CNS News) – Six months into Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the U.S. State Department is providing $457.5 million in additional “civilian security assistance” to Ukrainian law enforcement agencies. That’s on top of the $15.2 billion in overall military assistance already allocated to Ukraine.

In a Sept. 26 press release, Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken announced an additional $457.5 in “civilian security assistance” to Ukraine.

The purpose of this aid is to “enhance the efforts of Ukrainian law enforcement and criminal justice agencies to improve their operational capacity and save lives,” as Ukraine continues to defend itself from Russian forces, according to the release.

A “portion” of this aid will be used to support Ukraine’s “efforts to document, investigate, and prosecute atrocities perpetrated by Russia’s forces.”

This latest aid installment places the total amount given to Ukrainian law enforcement at more than $645 million since mid-December 2021.

(Getty Images)
(Getty Images)

Ukrainian agencies receiving this support include the National Police of Ukraine (NPU), the State Border Guard Service, and the Ukrainian Office of the Prosecutor General.

On Sept. 21, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a “partial military mobilization” in Russia, following recent setbacks in the war.

According to Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, this partial mobilization includes the call up of 300,000 additional Russian servicemen to serve in Ukraine.

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