Biden ‘confident’ on $60bn Ukraine war aid package vote

Published February 18, 2024

US President Joe Biden has assured his Ukrainian counterpart that $60bn in military aid is on its way.

The measure still needs to pass a final congressional vote, but Mr Biden told Volodymyr Zelensky that he was confident it would be approved.

Mr Zelensky had earlier made an urgent appeal for more weapons to avoid a “catastrophic” situation in Europe.

The US has blamed Ukraine’s withdrawal from the battle at Avdiivka on a lack of Congressional support.

Taking Avdiivka – a gateway to the Russian-seized Donetsk regional capital in the east – is Russia’s first notable gain since they seized nearby Bakhmut in May.

“Ukraine’s military was forced to withdraw from Avdiivka after Ukrainian soldiers had to ration ammunition due to dwindling supplies as a result of congressional inaction,” a White House statement read.



RELATED: Alexei Navalny’s Death Becomes Rallying Cry for Ukraine Aid to Further Endless Russian Proxy War

Published February 17, 2024

The death of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has become the latest establishment rallying cry for more Ukraine aid to further the seemingly endless proxy war against Russia.

President Joe Biden said on Friday, “This tragedy reminds us of the stakes of the moment. History is watching the House of Representatives. The failure to support Ukraine at this critical moment will never be forgotten.”

A senior Defense Department official said that Ukraine is running out of supplies as the war drags on; the conflict will hit its second anniversary in February.

The official said:

We do see that Ukrainians are running short on critical supplies, particularly ammunition, and we see this as something that could be the harbinger of what is to come if we do not get this supplemental funding. Without supplemental funding … we also will find many other locations along the forward line of troops that will be running low on supplies, on critical ammunition.

The Pentagon has said it had depleted its supply of money to continue sending military aid to Ukraine.

The bipartisan establishment has said that it must double down on Ukraine’s protracted conflict with Russia in the wake of the death of Navalny.



RELATED: Biden, lawmakers hammer Ukraine aid holdouts after Navalny death

At the White House, the Pentagon and on Capitol Hill, Ukraine backers amp up the pressure on Republican holdouts.

“One way to punish Putin for killing Navalny?” Rep. Jason Crow (D-Colo.) said on social media. “Pass the National Security Supplemental so the Ukrainians can destroy the rest of Putin’s army.” | Mariam Zuhaib/AP
Published February 16, 2024

The Biden administration and leaders on Capitol Hill used the death of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny to inject fresh urgency into approving funding for Ukraine on Friday, saying now is the moment to break the legislative stalemate and strike a blow against Vladimir Putin.

“This tragedy reminds us of the stakes of the moment,” President Joe Biden told reporters at the White House. “History is watching the House of Representatives. The failure to support Ukraine at this critical moment will never be forgotten.”

At the Pentagon, the department touted the impacts of U.S. and European aid to Kyiv on the battlefield and in the economic costs to Moscow, but also underscored worries that Ukrainian forces won’t have the weapons needed to fend off Russian forces and protect Ukrainian cities if the congressional impasse drags on.

And on Capitol Hill, Navalny’s death spurred calls from top lawmakers to finally pass tens of billions in stalled Ukraine aid. A bipartisan group of House lawmakers unveiled a new emergency spending bill that would grant over $47 billion to assist Ukraine, placing renewed pressure on Republican leaders to finally hold a vote on an aid package.




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