State Dept Spends $357K to Beef up Border Security – in Ukraine

By Penny Starr | October 16, 2014 | 3:01pm EDT

First trucks of the Russian aid convoy stand in the Russian inspection zone inside a border control point with Ukraine, in the Russian town of Donetsk, Rostov-on-Don region, Russia, Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)

( – According to the Federal Budget Opportunities website, the State Department is spending $357,000 on Sport Utility Vehicles to beef up security on Ukraine’s border.

The website,, keeps a running tally on contracts and acquisitions by the federal government.

On Friday at 5:55 a.m., a notice was posted announcing that $357,000 was awarded to a Ukrainian company for vehicles to be used by Ukraine’s State Border Guard Service.

The notice does not say how many vehicles will be purchased with the funds, although the title of the announcement states “Sport Utility Vehicles,” which implies more than one vehicle will be paid for by the federal agency.

The contract was conducted through the U.S. Regional Procurement Support Office in Frankfurt, Germany, according to the notice. asked the State Department a series of questions, and the agency referred the questions to the U.S. consulate in Frankfurt. The U.S. consulate in Frankfurt referred the questions back to the State Department.

The following questions that were not answered by the federal government or its consulate in Germany were:

1. What is the source of this funding?

2. How many vehicles are being purchased?

3. What are the vehicles going to be used for?

4. Why is the State Department spending taxpayer money to secure a foreign border?

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