The US wants to send observers to the war zone in Ukraine to track aid.
Senior officials overseeing the use of more than US$110 billion in US military and economic aid to Ukraine have said they will insist on sending auditors and investigators directly to the war zone to strengthen monitoring.
Until now, officials said, they have been able to perform important oversight tasks remotely, using staff based in Washington, Poland, and Germany.
But after the inspectors travelled to Kyiv in late January, they said they would insist that some 177 auditors and investigators scrutinising the aid be on the ground in Ukraine.
"I think we have been as creative and, you know, out of the box, forward-leaning with the oversight we’ve been able to accomplish so far. But for real comprehensive, robust oversight, it can’t be done remotely," said Nicole Angarella, acting deputy USAID inspector general.
These three officials are responsible for, among other things, ensuring that US weapons are not diverted, that taxpayer funds are not stolen, and that aid programs are functioning properly.
Officials said that while it is early days, they have not received any reports of serious fraud or illegal activity related to US aid to Ukraine, which ranges from expensive weapons systems to cash that helps keep the economy going.
NATO, EU, and Ukraine to conduct their first tripartite meeting.
Jens Stoltenberg, NATO Secretary General, EU chief diplomat Josep Borrell and Foreign Minister of Ukraine Dmytro Kuleba will meet in Brussels on 21 February.
The meeting will take place in the morning at NATO headquarters. After that, their joint press conference is scheduled for 12:45 p.m.
Dmytro Kuleba noted that this is the first meeting of Ukraine, NATO, and the EU representatives in such a tripartite format.
"I look forward to a meeting with Jens Stoltenberg and Josep Borrell to strengthen our partnership and cooperation for the protection of Ukraine and Europe," he said.
Russians strike Kharkiv with S-300 missiles, all to shelter – Oblast Military Administration.
Oleh Syniehubov, head of the Kharkiv Oblast Military Administration, reported that the Russian occupiers are launching attacks on the city of Kharkiv and called upon city residents to remain in shelters.
He reported that, according to preliminary information, Kharkiv was attacked with S-300 missiles. Infrastructural facilities were targeted once again. Currently, the information on the victims and damage is being clarified.