Ukraine Democracy Defense Lend-Lease Act: What does this mean for the United States and Ukraine


President of the USA Joe Biden signed the Ukraine bill into law on May 9.

80 years ago, a similar program operated during World War II and helped the Allies defeat Hitler’s Germany. Igor Burakovsky, IER chairman of the board, has explained what this Lend-lease means in practice and why it is important for the USA as well.

What is Lend-Lease?

The full title of the document is “The Law, which provides enhanced authority for the President to enter into agreements with the Government of Ukraine to lend or lease defense articles to that Government to protect civilian populations in Ukraine from Russian military invasion, and for other purposes”. Shortly – Lend Lease Act of 2022 for the Protection of Democracy in Ukraine” (Ukraine Democracy Defense Lend-Lease Act of 2022). The law authorizes the President of the United States to transfer or lease military items (armament, equipment, fuel, food, etc.) to Ukraine or other Eastern European governments in order to help strengthen the defense capabilities of these countries and protect their civilians.

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