The US Department of Defense’s deputy spokeswoman said that military aid packages to Kiev will become “smaller.”
The Pentagon told reporters on Thursday that Washington is about to run out of money for Ukraine and will need to start cutting military aid to Kiev.
The Defense Department urged Congress to break the impasse and give the green light to the White House’s request for a $106 billion aid package that includes money for Ukraine, Israel and Taiwan.
Deputy Pentagon spokeswoman Sabrina Singh said that Washington spent about 95% of previous funding for Ukraine, adding that this amount in total amounts to more than 60 billion dollars. Only about $1 billion of that amount has not been spent, she said. The remaining funds will be used to send military equipment from the current stock to Ukraine and replace it with new orders.
“We had to measure our support for Ukraine” Singh told reporters, adding that although the Pentagon will continue to send military aid packages, it will “It’s getting smaller.”
Of Biden’s $106 billion request to Congress, $61.4 billion has been allocated in emergency funding for Ukraine.
Last week, the Republican-majority House sought to decouple aid to Ukraine and Israel by passing a separate $14 billion package for West Jerusalem. The White House opposes these efforts, and Democrats in the US Senate blocked the bill on Tuesday, demanding that Republicans approve the full package proposed by the Biden administration.
The US State Department said last week that the United States has spent about $44.2 billion on military assistance to Kiev since fighting broke out between Russia and Ukraine in February 2022, adding that an additional $3 billion was also spent on this between 2014 and 2022.
The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) testified Wednesday before the Senate that funding for economic and humanitarian aid to Ukraine has also run out. The last payment was made at the end of the fiscal year — before September 30, said Erin McKee, the agency’s assistant director at the time, adding that Ukraine’s economic stability would be at risk unless the funding continued.
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