US Delivers Ukraine Its Final Round Of Military Assistance
December 28, 2023 / By Zunair Tahir / World News
On Wednesday, the US said that the final installment of military assistance to Ukraine had been disbursed.
$250 million (€225 million) in support was agreed by the White House, but any funding will require new congressional approval.
Republican and Democratic negotiations have come to a standstill.
For its part, the Kremlin has bet that dwindling Western assistance will be essential to its ultimate success in Ukraine.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken stated in a statement on Wednesday, “It is imperative that Congress act as soon as possible to advance our national security interests by helping Ukraine defend itself.”
Ammo for anti-tank weaponry and air defense systems is included in the most recent aid package.
President Volodymyr Zelenskyy of Ukraine is further disappointed by Congress’s refusal to authorize further cash, which comes after Kyiv’s summer counteroffensive failed and Russian forces continued to press their cause.
Prior to this, the White House threatened to “run out of resources” for Ukraine “by the end of the year.”
Zelenskyy attempted to exert further pressure when he visited Washington in December, his third visit to the US capital in as many months.
However, concerns about Moscow’s “as long as it takes” support of Ukraine are becoming more prevalent nearly two years after the country began its brutal invasion.
Republicans on the right have made it clear that they will only approve further US aid to Ukraine if immigration laws are tightened here.
This contentious topic was not resolved in a timely manner.
On January 8, US legislators will take up the assistance question once more.
Senate leaders, both Republican and Democratic, have stated that they plan to approve a fresh round of aid that will include economic, humanitarian, and military support.
The complexity lies with the House of Representatives, which must also approve these money.
Mike Johnson, the country’s new Republican president, says there is insufficient regulation on US aid, but he is not against it being extended.