Is there any accountability for the money the US provides for the war in Ukraine?
Every aid package approved by Congress be it funds or military equipment has included legislation to track and account for that aid after it reaches Ukraine. The DoD, State Department, and USAID operate inside Ukraine tracking aid and reporting back to Congress.
Report by the United States Dept. of Defense Inspector General who reports to Congress on Ukrainian Aid. March 29, 2023.
Transparency and Accountability: US Assistance to Ukraine
[The] US government carefully tracks American aid to Ukraine. The Department of Defense (DoD) established a Security Assistance Group Ukraine last fall that tracks military shipments. (By contrast, the US did not establish a similar effort in Afghanistan until seven years into the war).
Moreover, Congress required significant reporting on oversight and accountability in each major assistance package passed to date: the four Ukraine supplemental, the FY2023 NDAA, and the FY2022 and FY2023 omnibus bills.
Specifically, Congress mandated the creation of a list of all security assistance and defense articles provided to Ukraine—and enhanced monitoring of that equipment once it enters Ukraine.
Congress also mandated that the DoD reports on all end-use of military equipment. As of this writing, the DoD has found no evidence of Ukraine diverting US-supplied defense equipment. This makes basic sense: a smaller, weaker country like Ukraine could not defeat its much larger Russian adversary if Western weapons were not reaching the front lines.
Direct bipartisan Congressional oversight.
U.S. Representatives John Garamendi (D-CA), Donald Norcross (D-NJ), Lisa McClain (R-MI), Andrew Clyde (R-GA), Nicole Malliotakis (R-NY), Mark Alford (R-MO), and Chairman Rogers released the following statement after Traveling to review Ukrainian aid oversight.
ROGERS LEADS CODEL TO ROMANIA AND POLAND TO OVERSEE UKRAINE AID
“The American people have every right to know that U.S. military equipment donated to Ukraine is being used for its intended purpose – Ukraine’s fight for national survival.
“As a bipartisan Congressional delegation, we traveled to Poland and Romania to conduct oversight of this process. We came away with a clear understanding of the various safeguards the U.S. government, in partnership with the Ukrainians and other nations, have put in place to ensure each article is accounted for and tracked to the frontline of the war.
From the Comments:
Thank you for the answer. There is just a point missing. The US provided also the equivalent of 20 billion dollars in financial aid. That was the target of my question more than the materiel (or military equipment). This one of the sources I took into account.
My answer covers both forms of aid, financial and equipment. Congress tends to look at both in forms of dollars. Money is equipment and equipment is money. Doesn't matter if you are stealing it, if you are providing it, or if you are tracking it to account for it.
Here I'll try to be more precise. There are four general categories of aid to Ukraine.
Military aid (both funds and equipment); U.S Currently has spent around $46 Billion [ Tracked by the DoD inspector General who reports back to Congress ]
Humanitarian assistance, both money and equipment $13.2 billion [ Tracked by USAID, who also reports back to Congress ]
Economic support to the Ukrainian government, which goes directly to the Ukrainian government to allow continuing operations since the war has disrupted its own mechanisms for raising revenue. Currently stands at $28.5 billion [ Tracked by US State Dept. Inspector General, who reports back to Congress ]
U.S. government operations and domestic costs related to Ukraine, which covers the increased expenses to government agencies for operations like moving embassy personnel and prosecuting war criminals. It also includes $2 billion for support to energy companies, particularly the nuclear industry, to offset higher supplier costs. All in $18.4 billion [ Tracked by US DoD, DoS, and USAID Inspector Generals, probable others too, who reports back to Congress ]
All in that comes to $110bn aid to Ukraine not including what Biden recently requested.
To put that in perspective Total military, government, and humanitarian aid to Ukraine over the last 19 months is:
- 65% of what the U.S. Defense Department will spend in 1 month in 2023.
- 3% of the U.S Defense budget was over those 19 months.
- 0.2% of U.S. GDP over 19 months. Feb 2022 - Sept 2023.
It's not like we don't account for 1000 - 10,000 times that much money even in peace time in any given year.
Now figure what would happen if Wagner crossed the Polish boarder and we had to send U.S. Troops over there? The Iraqi war cost us 10 billion a month about 20 years ago. Conservatively say that would come in at 3 times that in defense of Europe. Every dime we spend on Ukraine purely from an economic stance, saves us money.