Biden Eyes US Army Funds for Urgent Ukraine Support

Written by Camilla Jessen

Mar.07 - 2024 10:38 AM CET

The Biden administration considers using $200 million from US Army funds to provide urgent military aid to Ukraine.

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The Biden administration is exploring the possibility of using $200 million from US Army funds to quickly aid Ukraine, as ongoing support discussions stall in Congress, according to Bloomberg's March 6 report.

This temporary funds aims to bolster the Ukrainian military, which is urgently in need of replenishing its dwindling stocks of essential supplies and weaponry.

A source revealed to Bloomberg that while drawing from Pentagon reserves could provide Ukraine with $200 million in military assistance, the decision to utilize army funds has yet to be finalized.

The flow of US aid to Ukraine has been interrupted since the fall of 2023, hindered by legislative disagreements primarily over border security. Despite the Senate's bipartisan approval of a substantial $95 billion aid package for Ukraine, Israel, and Taiwan, House Speaker Mike Johnson has not allowed a House vote on it.

However, Johnson seems to be giving Republicans who favor supporting Ukraine the chance to propose a revised bill, anticipated to be ready by late March or early April.

Recent setbacks, including Russia's seizure of Avdiivka—a crucial city close to occupied Donetsk, where intense combat has been ongoing for months—have been attributed to shortages in equipment and weapons.

In the meantime, the EU Council has stepped up, approving a 50 billion euro ($54 billion) support package for Ukraine consisting of loans and grants.

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