Who’s helping Ukraine? It all started with a simple tweet:
Those numbers didn’t sound right to me, so I went looking. Imagine my surprise when I found The Ukraine Support Tracker at Germany’s Kiel Institute for the World Economy. This dataset is updated frequently. The data I used is from November 20. You can download their reports and the dataset as an Excel workbook. Per the authors’ request, here’s the full citation.
|Antezza, A., Bushnell, K., Frank, A., Frank, P., Franz, L., Kharitonov, I., Rebinskaya, E. & Trebesch, C. (2022). “The Ukraine Support Tracker: Which countries help Ukraine and how?”. Kiel Working Paper, No. 2218, 1-65.|
The short version: the tweet is basically correct. Here’s my summary using the data from the Ukraine Support Tracker.
But the disparity between the U.S. and the rest of NATO is €19.79 ($21.01) billion, not the $23 billion difference in the tweet.
As always, my methods are transparent. Click here to download my Excel workbook. The worksheet you’re looking for is “Country summary Lima edits.” If you discover something interesting, please let me know. If I like it, you can be a guest author!
I used bilateral aid figures. It would be negligent for me to omit the authors’ disclaimer
We also cannot provide a complete picture of bilateral aid, because some governments do not share details on their support to Ukraine, especially when it comes to sending military equipment and weapons. However, we did our best to meticulously list and quantify all support measures that have become publicly known. This means that we also evaluate leaks of official documents, which list the type and value of military aid in detail, e.g. by Germany or Italy. Moreover, in many cases, weapon deliveries ultimately become public once they have been made, which allows tracking them ex-post, e.g. in the case of Poland.