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Official: Some 12% of US aid to Ukraine ‘delinquent or unaccounted for’

Some 12 percent of US security aid provided to Ukraine from January 1 through March 31 was delinquent or unaccounted for, the US Defense Department Inspector General has announced in a quarterly oversight report of US support for Ukraine.

“Based on information provided by the ODC-Kyiv [US Office of Defense Cooperation], at the end of the quarter, 88 percent of defense articles were compliant and 12 percent were ‘delinquent’ or unaccounted for,” the report said.

However, the latest data represents a 13% increase in the compliance rate compared to the previous quarter, the report added.

The Defense Department Inspector General noted it continues to conduct an ongoing series of evaluations regarding compliance with the requirements for tracking end-use monitoring of US-supplied equipment in Ukraine.

Western countries have provided hundreds of billions of dollars worth of military and other aid to Ukraine since the start of Russia’s special military operation in February 2022. Aid shipments have included artillery; tanks and other armored vehicles; air-defense systems; missiles; cluster and other munitions, among others.

Russia has consistently warned against the collective West’s continued arms deliveries to Ukraine, stressing that they only prolong the conflict.

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