Biden administration ‘is secretly worried about corruption in Ukraine and fears it could sour support for Zelensky’s war against Putin,’ after US sent $75 billion to help ‘

A confidential U.S. strategy document suggests that the Biden administration is more concerned about alleged corruption in Ukraine than first acknowledged.

A ‘sensitive but unclassified’ version of what is believed to be a possibly long-term U.S. plan for Ukraine outlines various measures the U.S. is taking to assist Kyiv in combatting corruption. 

The feat is that corruption could ultimately lead Western allies to withdraw their support for Ukraine’s fight against Russia‘s invasion. 

The 22-page document, as seen by Politico, stresses how Kyiv should implement its anti-corruption efforts immediately.

The confidential document emphasizes that ‘perceptions of high-level corruption’ could also erode confidence in Ukraine’s wartime government among both the Ukrainian public and foreign leaders.

The Biden administration is concerned about corruption in Ukraine according to a leaked document discussing U.S. strategy in the war torn country. Pictured, Biden and  Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky are pictured at the White House last month

The Biden administration is concerned about corruption in Ukraine according to a leaked document discussing U.S. strategy in the war torn country. Pictured, Biden and  Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky are pictured at the White House last month

A view of Humvees  given to the Ukrainian Armed Forces in December 2021

Commander of the Joint Forces the Armed Forces of Ukraine, lieutenant general Serhiy Nayev fires a US made MK19 automatic grenade launcher during military training exercise in Kyiv last month

It also gives details of what has been terms the ‘Integrated Country Strategy’ which  provides information about U.S. objectives in Ukraine, including efforts to privatize banks, promote the teaching of English in schools, and encourage the Ukrainian military to adopt NATO protocols. 

Whether the U.S. will send a fresh round of military aid to Ukraine remains up in the air. 

Congress averted a government shutdown by passing a short-term funding bill over the weekend, but it was passed without any funding for the war effort in Ukraine. 

The resolution passed does not include provisions for Kyiv, despite calls from the White House and Senate to incorporate it.

Still, Democrats hope to pass a separate aid measure in the coming days, though it is unclear if such a package would include the $24 billion President Joe Biden had originally sought.

Whether the U.S. will send a fresh round of military aid to Ukraine is up in the air. Pictured,  Gunner ‘Molfar’, 39, a Bradley Infantry Fighting Vehicle crew member of the 47th Magura Mechanized Brigade

Workers unload a shipment of military aid delivered as part of the United States of America’s security assistance to Ukraine, at the Boryspil airport, outside Kyiv, Ukraine in early 2022

A faction of far-right Republican House members says money sent to Ukraine could be better spent dealing with the immigration crisis at the US-Mexico border.

And House Speaker Kevin McCarthy has said he will require certain guarantees before introducing a new aid bill.

On Sunday, Biden said he had a deal with Speaker McCarthy to send more money to Kyiv

His remarks led to Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz accusing the speaker of making a ‘secret deal.’ McCarthy, however, told reporters there was no deal. 

Any perception of reduced American support for Kyiv might also lead European countries to reconsider their roles. 

Behind the scenes, there are ongoing candid discussions with Ukrainian officials, according to an anonymous U.S. official familiar with Ukraine policy, reports Politico.

President Joe Biden on Sunday indicated he had a deal with Speaker Kevin McCarthy on funding for the Ukraine

Speaker McCarthy denied he had a deal with Biden on funding for Kyiv

Corruption is at the top of the agenda with U.S. officials weighing the possibility of tying future economic aid to Ukraine on reforms to combat corruption and attract private investment. Such conditions would not apply to military aid, however.

While NATO membership for Ukraine remains some way off, part of the new strategy calls for an aligning of Ukraine’s military with NATO standards. 

The strategy would see Ukraine developing its military equipment production capabilities and its own domestic defense industry while reducing the influence of oligarchs, particularly in energy and mining sectors.

There would be an expansion in U.S. diplomatic presence beyond the capital Kyiv to other Ukrainian cities. 

The U.S. wants to combat corruption at all levels starting with local governments but also throughout other parts of life in the country including the Ukrainian health sector and cyber security. It would also includes efforts to combat disinformation.

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