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Tightening Belts: U.S. Prioritizes Military Aid, Sends More Weapons To Ukraine

US send wepons to Ukraine

The Biden administration’s recent announcement of a $250 million weapons package for Ukraine underscores the precarious situation the country faces in its ongoing conflict with Russia. This allocation, including artillery shells, air defense equipment, antiaircraft and antitank missiles, and small arms ammunition, is framed as a potential final consignment from U.S. stockpiles unless Congress approves new funding for Kyiv.

Despite President Biden’s assurance that the U.S. will support Ukraine “as long as it takes” against Russia, the future of aid is increasingly uncertain. Since Vladimir Putin’s invasion in February 2022, the U.S. has committed $44 billion in security aid, ranging from vehicles and air defense systems to missiles and bullets. Some assistance has come from U.S. arsenals, while other funds were used to procure new weapons, a process that can span several years.

The current weapons package labeled a “drawdown” from Pentagon inventories, is conveyed as the last that can be made with existing funds. Administration officials emphasize a dire funding situation, using it as leverage to push Congress for an additional $60 billion related to the war in Ukraine.

Lt. Col. Garron Garn, a Pentagon spokesman, reveals that while $4.2 billion remains in congressionally granted drawdown authority, funds for replenishing U.S. stockpiles after donations have been exhausted. Without supplemental funding, there’s a potential impact on U.S. military readiness.

Biden’s emergency request seeks an additional $7 billion in authority for arms donations, $18 billion for replenishing donated U.S. stocks, $12 billion for longer-term arms-manufacturing contracts for Ukraine, and funding for U.S. military operations in Europe and missile manufacturing.

Despite hopes for passage by the end of the year, the proposal faces delays due to negotiations over Republican demands related to immigration policies. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s appeal during a mid-December visit to Washington failed to dispel resistance from some lawmakers.

The urgency of the situation is highlighted by White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre, who states, “We are running out of aid to support the brave people of Ukraine.” Pentagon comptroller Micheal McCord emphasizes the national interest in acting on the supplemental request.                   

While the U.S. highlights Moscow’s battlefield losses, Russia remains resilient, receiving support from North Korea and Iran. For Ukraine, an ammunition shortage poses a threat to front-line operations, and political fissures are emerging after nearly two years of national unity.

As Ukraine faces challenges on multiple fronts, including uncertainties around U.S. aid and obstacles from other nations, the future of the conflict remains complex and unpredictable.