Why does Ukraine need US military aid money?

September 26, 2019

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Ukrainian Army servicemembers are shown dressed in combat helmet and sunglasses while riding with Javelin anti-tank missiles.

Ukrainian Army servicemembers ride with Javelin anti-tank missiles during a military parade in Kyiv, Ukraine, 2018.


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The formal impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump hinges on military aid for Ukraine that was approved by Congress but temporarily held up by the president. That money is a major source of funding in Ukraine's fight with Russia. We're exploring this question: Why does Ukraine need the money? Also, where do things stand between Russia and Ukraine? And, Thursday marks five years since 43 college students disappeared in Mexico. Their disappearance remains a grim, unsolved mystery.

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