Law on Land Lease for the Defense of Democracy in Ukraine of 2022


May 19, 2022

The Ukraine Democracy Defense Lend-Lease Act of 2022 is an act of the United States Congress that will provide the Ukrainian government with material resources in a manner similar to the Lend-Lease Act of the Second World War. world war.


"Thanks to the land lease program, the Armed Forces of Ukraine will be able to move from Soviet weapons to modern NATO military systems and standards. The United States once signed a land lease during World War II, a move that was crucial to victory over Nazi Germany. The head of the State Duma Vyacheslav Volodin commented in his telegram channel on the decision to lease for Ukraine, saying that the program would cause huge debts for Ukraine to the United States. According to The Insider, this is not true: any military equipment lost in battle, delivered under the Lend-Lease program, is written off, and the state that received aid is not to blame for it. And the equipment that remained intact, Ukraine may return and not pay at all. It will be necessary to transfer US money only if Ukraine decides to keep the surviving weapons and after the fighting.


The full title of the law is "Law on Granting the President Extended Powers to Conclude Agreements with the Government of Ukraine on Loans or Leases of Defense Products to this Government to Protect Civilians in Ukraine from Russian Invasion and for Other Purposes." The law reduces the burden of exporting defense equipment from the United States to Ukraine to ensure the prompt supply of equipment. It applies until fiscal 2022 and 2023. The law is called a land lease because of a World War II-era program that supplied weapons and supplies from the United States to Allied forces.


On January 19, 2022, the Texas Senator John Cornin submitted the bill to the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee. The bill was unanimously passed in the US Senate on April 6, 2022 and passed by the House of Representatives by 417 votes to 10 on April 28, 2022. On May 9, at 10:30 pm Kyiv time, the law was signed by US President Joe Biden. Date of signing - Victory Day, a holiday celebrated in the Russian Federation in honor of Pere�