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U.S. Senate allocates $ 300 million for Ukrainian army to fight against militants

U.S. Senate on behalf of the Committee on Armed Forces approved the defense budget for 2016, which involves the allocation of $ 300 million of military aid to Ukraine.

U.S. Senate allocates $ 300 million for Ukrainian army to fight against militants

Yesterday, U.S. Senate on behalf of the Committee on Armed Forces approved a bill under which the country's defense budget for 2016 involves the allocation of $ 300 million of military aid to Ukraine, Joinfo.ua reports with reference to The Hill, which publishes regular news of U.S. Congress.

"Chairman John McCain announced the results of vote, hailing the $612 billion measure as a "reform bill" with "overwhelming bipartisan support," the newspaper writes.

It is noted that the document was supported by 22 Senators, four senators voted negatively.

"The bill would also provide $300 million in military assistance and authorize lethal weapons for Ukrainian forces, who are fighting pro-Russian separatists in Eastern Ukraine," the publication writes.

The bill also cuts down the expanses for U.S. defense. Thus, among the austerity measures it was proposed to cut down headquarters and management staff by 30 percent over the next four years and to close the Guantanamo Bay detention facility.

The bill was already approved by the House of Representatives and today there will be held a general vote in the lower house.