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Is military aid to Ukraine worth 86% of Russia’s defense budget?

Ukraine has received enormous military and financial support from the US and several European nations since Russian President Vladimir Putin invaded on February 24.

US officials said Oct. 27 that the Pentagon will send Ukraine a new $275 million package of additional weapons, ammunition and equipment ahead of the winter while Kyiv mounts a counteroffensive to take Russian forces out of the southern region ousting Kherson.

But how does the military aid received by Ukraine relate to Russia’s overall defense budget?

Slavian, a former sergeant in the Russian special forces
Slavian (L), a former Russian special forces sergeant who is now fighting for Ukraine after living in the countryside with his Ukrainian wife for a decade, pauses for a photo with other soldiers of Russian descent in their pickup truck, as they left the front lines on October 27 February 2022 in Zaporizhia Oblast, Ukraine.
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The claim

Sergiy Kyslytsya, Ukraine’s ambassador to the United Nations (UN), has claimed that total defense and security aid provided to Ukraine to resist the Russian invasion accounts for 86 percent of Russia’s 2022 defense budget.

“Military aid received by Ukraine in 2022 is 14% less than Russia’s military budget,” he tweeted on Tuesday.

“This and other information per country, including % of own military budget given to Ukraine, according to Kiel Institute for the World Economy, as of October 2022. We estimate every £, £, $, €,” he wrote.

The facts

Kyslytsya cited data from a “Ukraine Support Tracker” curated by the Kiel Institute for the World Economy, which provides data up to October 3.

According to the tracker, Ukraine has received €41.3 billion ($40.77 billion) in military aid so far – the majority coming from the US and European nations.

Russia’s defense budget for 2022 is not clear as the Russian government has not released much data since May 2022.

However, in 2021, Russia increased its military spending by 2.9 percent to $65.9 billion, according to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI).

If Russia’s defense budget stayed the same this year, Ukraine’s military aid would be worth 61.87 percent of that number.

However, Russia’s military spending is unlikely to have slacked off this year amid the Ukraine war and as Putin has acknowledged the country does not have enough equipment for its newly mobilized soldiers.

The Jamestown Foundation, a US defense policy think tank, has estimated, based on data from, that the true amount of Russia’s defense spending in 2022 could reach 5.5 trillion rubles ($90.9 billion) by the end of the year US dollars) could reach .ru.

In addition, the think tank notes that “turmoil in Russia’s defense spending” is likely to increase in 2023.

“The budget proposal for 2023 includes nearly five trillion rubles ($82.6 billion) for defense and 4.2 trillion rubles ($69.4 billion) for security and law enforcement, up from the 3.6 trillion previously planned rubles ($59.5 billion) and 2.9 trillion rubles ($47.9 billion). )” says the Jamestown Foundation report.

The regulation



Military aid provided to Ukraine by its allies does not amount to 86 percent of Russia’s defense budget.

Newsweek FACT CHECK Is military aid to Ukraine worth 86% of Russia’s defense budget?


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