Late last month, Congressman Max Miller went on an oversight mission to Ukraine to get to the bottom of corruption in Ukraine and make determinations about our future role in supporting the war effort against Russia. In a meeting with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, Congressman Miller asked him directly about what he is doing to address corruption in his country.
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After Ukraine visit, Rocky River GOP Rep. Max Miller wants more accountability over U.S. dollars for war effort
Published: Mar. 02, 2023, 11:25 a.m.
WASHINGTON, D. C. – After spending last week on a congressional fact-finding trip to Ukraine, Rocky River Republican Rep. Max Miller has a message for President Joe Biden: He won’t support sending billions of dollars more in war aid without more transparency on how the money is spent.
“We need to continue giving Ukraine the tools they need to win, but I am not for blank checks and actions that draw us into conflict with boots on the ground in Ukraine,” Miller said in an interview.
Defense Department Inspector General Robert P. Storch told the House Armed Services Committee earlier this week that Congress has appropriated approximately $113.4 billion over the past year across the federal government for Ukraine response efforts.
He said his office has completed four Ukraine-related oversight projects, with 21 that are ongoing or planned to ensure proper use of U.S. taxpayer dollars. His office’s criminal investigative service is also conducting extensive fraud prevention and investigative activities to ensure the integrity of U.S. security assistance to Ukraine, said Storch.
Defense Department Undersecretary Colin Kahl told the committee the United States is “acting to ensure that our donations continue to be used as intended,” and is working with Ukraine to ensure “all of the equipment we are providing continues to reach troops on the front lines.”
Miller and the other Republicans on the trip - California’s Darrell Issa and Texans Michael McCaul, Keith Self and Jake Ellzey - met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky as well as a war crimes prosecutor in Bucha, where they saw a mass grave that Miller said contained 90% women and children.
He said Zelensky told him he’s taking action to root out corruption in Ukraine, but Miller says he wants Biden to be “more transparent about how money is being spent there.” He also said the United States needs to be “more strategic” with the weaponry it sends, such as sending air-to-surface missiles that can take out drones and missiles, instead of F-16 fighter jets, which can’t.
He described the Zelensky meeting as “somber,” noting that Zelensky lives “in a very tactical setting” because he is “being hunted every single day.”
He said the war crimes prosecutor has identified several Russian individuals who committed war crimes, who are being prosecuted in absentia.
“When Ukraine wins the war, I believe we will be able to bring them to trial,” said Miller.