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 One of Poroshenko's main objectives in Washington is getting formal approval for financial aid, - journalist

President is seeking to relaunch a program of financial aid from the U.S. Department of Defense, which was suspended in February over the instability within Ukraine's government.

Censor.NET Chief Editor Yurii Butusov wrote on Facebook.

After a meeting with Vice President Biden, the president of Ukraine said that the U.S. will allocate $335 million to help reform the army, the National Guard, and the State Border Guard Service.

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In fact, this program was to be opened as early as in February. U.S. Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter was to arrive in Ukraine in early February with an official visit and place on record the launch of the funding.

However, due to refusal of the president to dismiss Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin as well as the deepening government crisis, Carter's visit was canceled. Accordingly, the allocated funds did not come in.

While on his visit in Washington, one of Poroshenko's main objectives is to get a formal decision on the allocation of funds as well as to restore military cooperation at the highest level, so that Carter visits Ukraine in the near future.

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The biggest part of the funds, $300 million, was to be allocated for the needs of the Armed Forces, while the State Border Guard Service and the National Guard had to receive $15 million and $20 million respectively.

The technical aid is allocated from the U.S. Department of Defense budget under the corresponding assistance program. The National Guard of Ukraine was for the first time added to the DoD program as a military formation. The funds are intended to finance the construction of an all-arms training center in Stare village near Kyiv as well as to form a rapid response team composed of new light infantry units, tanks, and artillery.
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