White House delivers bad news to Ukraine

Written by Henrik Rothen

Nov.09 - 2023 7:37 AM CET

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White House delivers bad news to Ukraine.

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In a sobering update, White House national security spokesperson John Kirby disclosed to the press that the United States has nearly depleted the funds designated for Ukraine.

According to Newsweek over $60 billion has been provided since the war's onset, encompassing security, economic, financial, and humanitarian assistance, approximately 96 percent has been expended.

The revelation came as President Joe Biden's administration faces challenges in securing additional aid. Last month's request to Congress for $106 billion, intended in part for Ukraine and Israel, met with conservative opposition.

House Speaker Mike Johnson prioritized U.S. border security measures over the immediate release of funds for Ukraine, despite the House's approval of aid for Israel.

Kirby emphasized continued U.S. support for Ukraine against Russian aggression and acknowledged the slow progress of Ukraine's counteroffensive. He stressed the urgency of further assistance before winter conditions impede military operations.

White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre echoed these concerns, noting the recent $425 million security package to Kyiv significantly drained available resources. In response, the U.S. is issuing smaller aid packages to prolong support.

Public opinion on aid to Ukraine shows signs of waning.

A Gallup poll indicated a majority of Americans favor a time limit on aid, contrasting with those advocating for sustained support as long as Ukraine requires it.

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