Zelensky Told US That Ukraine Could Withstand Russian Attacks Until April Without US Aid

Written by Henrik Rothen

Apr.28 - 2024 10:48 AM CET

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Zelensky Told US That Ukraine Could Withstand Russian Attacks Until April Without US Aid.

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Amidst the escalating tension and continual bombardment by Russian forces, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy conveyed a significant message to the U.S. House of Representatives.

In a telling exchange with Speaker Mike Johnson in December 2023, Zelenskyy asserted that Ukraine could sustain its defense against Russia's aggressive missile and drone attacks until "March or April" without further American military assistance. This is reported by Politico.

The dialogue between Zelenskyy and Johnson wasn't just a routine exchange; it was a strategic move that shaped U.S. legislative action.

Informed by their conversation, Johnson, moved by the critical timeline, orchestrated efforts to ensure the U.S. continued its support up to the specified timeframe.

Johnson's national security aide, Josh Hodges, who is known for his supportive stance towards Ukraine, played a pivotal role in drafting the necessary legislation.

Congress Acts Just in Time

The repercussions of Zelenskyy's candid discussion were felt across U.S. political circles, culminating in significant legislative outcomes.

By early April 2024, President Joe Biden signed a new package of support, channeling approximately $61 billion into military and economic aid to Ukraine, reflecting a solidified U.S. commitment to support its ally.

This package not only bolstered Ukraine’s military capabilities but also ensured continued economic stability amid the ongoing conflict.

Furthermore, by the end of April, the U.S. Senate passed a legislative package that reaffirmed this support, including provisions for potentially equipping Ukraine with long-range ATACMS missiles, a critical enhancement to Ukraine's defense arsenal.

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