On Monday, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre announced that the United States plans to send additional aid to Ukraine in the near future. This is aimed at alleviating worries over the declining assistance being provided to the country currently facing conflict.
A powerful international alliance stands firmly behind Ukraine. If Russian President Vladimir Putin believes he can outlast us, he is mistaken. We will soon provide another round of assistance to demonstrate our ongoing support for the courageous citizens of Ukraine,” stated Jean-Pierre at a White House press conference. According to a U.S. official, the new aid package will be announced later this week.
The declaration was made within 48 hours of Congress approving a last-minute government funding bill that did not provide assistance to Ukraine. This was a disappointment for both Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and President Joe Biden, who has prioritized aid to Ukraine as part of his reelection campaign in 2024.
In September, Zelenskyy had a meeting with congressional leaders to request additional aid. According to Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, Zelenskyy expressed concern that without the aid, they would not be able to win the war.
Biden urged Congress to quickly approve funding for more assistance on Sunday, citing concerns that U.S. support for the nation will soon be depleted.
Biden emphasized the importance of maintaining America’s support for Ukraine without any interruptions during his speech on Sunday regarding the approval of the 45-day temporary funding plan.
Biden stated that most members of both the Democratic and Republican parties, as well as the Senate and House, are in favor of providing aid to Ukraine and addressing the aggressive actions of Russia. He urged for an end to political games and for action to be taken.
The Pentagon has expressed concerns that without additional funding from Congress, they may not be able to continue sending weapons to Ukraine. As a result, an upcoming delivery of military equipment has been announced.
Two officials from the United States, who wish to remain anonymous due to the sensitivity of the topic, have revealed that the Defense Department has $5.4 billion in weapons that can be sent to Ukraine. However, they also shared that the department is quickly depleting its own funds for replenishing their stockpiles. In order to keep the government open, Congress made a last-minute decision to exclude additional funding for the ongoing conflict.
The remaining balance of $5.4 billion in the presidential drawdown account was revealed after the Department of Defense (DOD) had to reevaluate the equipment being sent to Ukraine due to an “accounting error.” Initially, the Pentagon overestimated the value of the aid by $6.2 billion, as they included the cost of replacing the weapons instead of their original purchase value.
The Department of Defense (DOD) still has $1.6 billion remaining from the $25.9 billion allocated by Congress for Ukraine. However, according to two U.S. officials, high-ranking leaders have opted to use this money to restock the Pentagon’s own supplies.
According to one of the officials, while your credit card may have a limit of $5,000, your account only has $500 remaining. If Ukraine urgently requests funds, the department may be able to provide it, but only if they are able to replenish the amount given.
According to the first official, the Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative, which allows the government to fund the acquisition of weapons and equipment for Kyiv rather than using them from U.S. reserves, has depleted all of its remaining funds for aid to Ukraine.