Pentagon: Recent Ukraine Aid Package Is a 'Unique Case'

Written by Camilla Jessen

Mar.15 - 2024 10:50 AM CET

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The recent package of military aid to Ukraine was a unique case, according to Pentagon.

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The US Department of Defense recently clarified that the provision of this year's first security assistance package to Ukraine, totaling $300 million, was considered a "unique case."

This distinction comes amidst Congressional gridlocks over additional funding.

The spokeswoman of the US Ministry of Defense, Sabrina Singh, answered the question of whether other departments will find an opportunity to provide similar assistance to Ukraine after this money appeared in the Pentagon due to savings in already concluded contracts to replace the weapons transferred to Kyiv.

"If there are any other contracts that will be awarded as part of the tender, we will of course let you know. It does happen, but these were unique circumstances," Singh said.

According to her, both Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and President Joe Biden believed it was important to use these contracts to provide Ukraine with an emergency aid package in the face of an offensive by the Russian army.

Singh did not confirm recent reports about the US administration's decision to supply Ukraine with long-range ATACMS missiles.

It should be noted that the United States previously announced a security assistance package for Ukraine, valued at 300 million dollars, marking the first such aid in 2024. This announcement came amid Congressional deadlock over additional funding.

The assistance package for Ukraine has been delayed in the US Congress since last autumn, entangled in bipartisan disagreements over the regulation of the US-Mexico border.

Despite receiving approval from the US Senate in February, this bipartisan support package encountered opposition from Republican House Speaker Mike Johnson.

Reports indicate that Johnson has suggested that the House of Representatives will develop its own proposal for aiding Ukraine, potentially incorporating support through loans or lend-lease arrangements.