In the waning months of the Trump Administration, Erik Prince, an American private security entrepreneur, attempted to exert pressure on the Ukrainian government to accept his buyout offer for the Motor Sich aircraft engine factory in Zaporizhia

, according to an article that was published in Time magazine. Headlined “Documents Reveal Erik Prince’s $10 Billion Plan to Make Weapons and Create a Private Army in Ukraine,” the report by Simon Shuster says Prince want to hire Ukrainian war veterans for a private military company, build an ammunitions factory in Ukraine and “consolidate Ukraine’s leading aviation and aerospace firms into a consortium that could compete with ‘the likes of Boeing and Airbus.’”