Pentagon Out of Cash for Ukraine as It Hosts 50 Allies on Kyiv Support

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The financial support from the United States to Ukraine has depleted, leaving the government in Kyiv without the necessary ammunition and missiles to counter Russia’s invasion. The Biden administration, facing challenges in domestic politics, attended the monthly meeting of a group comprising around 50 nations coordinating aid for Ukraine without any tangible assistance. Established by Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin in April 2022, the group aims to support Ukraine’s defense efforts.

While awaiting Congressional approval for additional funds for Ukraine, the Biden administration is seeking support from allies to bridge the existing financial gap. In his opening remarks, Defense Secretary Austin, recovering from prostate cancer surgery, urged the group to contribute more ground-based air defense systems and interceptors to Ukraine. The call for assistance is crucial as reports from Ukraine’s ministry of defense indicate a shortage of ammunition on the front lines.

As Congress deliberates on funding for Ukraine, European allies are taking proactive measures to assist. NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg announced a joint contract worth $1.2 billion for the purchase of over 222,000 rounds of 155 mm ammunition in Brussels. This contract aims to replenish allies’ reserves and support Ukraine’s defense efforts.

While the conflict between Israel and Hamas has dominated recent headlines, Russia’s aggression against Ukraine persists. On Tuesday, Russia launched a barrage of over 40 ballistic, cruise, anti-aircraft, and guided missiles into Ukraine’s major cities, resulting in damage and casualties. Despite Ukraine intercepting some missiles, the attacks caused injuries in Kyiv.

The Pentagon’s last security assistance for Ukraine, announced on December 27, included a $250 million package with 155 mm rounds, Stinger anti-aircraft missiles, and other high-demand items. However, the U.S. has been unable to provide additional munitions due to depleted funds for replenishing stockpiles, awaiting Congressional approval for more funds.

Disagreements between Congress and the White House over policy priorities, including additional security for the U.S.-Mexico border, have stalled over $110 billion in aid for Ukraine and Israel. Senators are attempting a bipartisan deal, seeking nearly $61 billion in aid for Ukraine, but face opposition, especially from Republicans aiming to reduce assistance for Ukraine.

Despite challenges, the U.S. has provided significant security assistance to Ukraine since Russia’s invasion in February 2022, totaling over $44.2 billion. While funds have run out, previously purchased weapons will continue to be delivered. The U.S. State Department has also provided $1.7 billion in foreign military financing. International partners, including approximately 30 nations, continue to train Ukrainian forces, with a total of 118,000 Ukrainians trained globally, including 18,000 by the United States, including 16,300 soldiers in Germany, with an additional 1,500 undergoing training.

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3 COMMENTS

  1. So what’s the big deal? Just raise taxes on the white middle class in order to fund Zelenskyy and his Ukrainian olagarch buddies. America last.

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