The White House has approved another military aid package for Ukraine. The new aid will provide $250 billion dollars of military equipment to Kyiv.
The latest package includes equipment for Ukraine's air defence, artillery, and small arms ammunition, as well as anti-tank weapons, US officials say.
However, for Ukraine, this aid package marks the end of funding provided by the US, unless there is new approval from the Congress. This comes a month after talks within Congress had stalled over funding for Ukraine.
Ukraine has warned that the war effort against Russian aggression is at risk without funding from the West. Meanwhile, Ukraine’s public finances also continue to be at risk if no further aid is provided by the West to Ukraine.
Amid the much-anticipated Ukrainian counteroffensive slowing down in the east of the country, Ukrainian officials are facing the prospect of a slowdown in aid coming from the US and the rest of Europe.
A dispute surrounding further funding for Ukraine in the US Congress has further halted any further funding going to Ukraine. Republicans have insisted that any further military aid packages that are provided by the US must include tougher security measures on the US-Mexico border, which itself has become an increasingly strained issue.
Earlier this month, an emergency spending measure that would have seen $50 billion provided to Ukraine and $14 billion provided to Israel failed after every Republican voted against it in the Senate. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky visited to try to convince the Senate to change their decision, but this too ultimately did not work.
In an announcement of the latest US aid package going to Ukraine, Secretary of State Antony Blinken stated that it was “imperative that Congress act swiftly, as soon as possible, to advance our national security interests by helping Ukraine defend itself and secure its future.".
"Our assistance has been critical to supporting our Ukrainian partners as they defend their country and their freedom against Russia's aggression," he added.
Earlier this month, a €50 billion EU aid package for Ukraine was blocked by Hungary.
Ukraine is facing financial issues with a $43bn dollar deficit. Without further support coming from the West, Ukrainian officials could soon be delayed salaries and pensions.
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