The White Home has launched the ultimate tranche of approved navy help for Kiev
The US will present Ukraine with an extra $250 million in navy support, Secretary of State Antony Blinken introduced on Wednesday.
The help is a part of “beforehand directed drawdowns for Ukraine,” Blinken stated, including that the package deal contains air protection munitions, rockets, 155mm and 105mm artillery shells, and “over 15 million rounds” of small-arms ammunition.
Earlier this month, Nationwide Safety Council spokesman John Kirby warned that the US “can have no extra replenishment authority out there” until Congress authorizes new Ukraine support directly.
“It’s crucial that Congress act swiftly, as quickly as attainable, to advance our nationwide safety pursuits by serving to Ukraine defend itself and safe its future,” Blinken stated on Wednesday. An analogous assertion got here from the Pentagon, urging Congress to take motion “as quickly as attainable… to make sure that our assist for Ukraine can proceed.”
Lawmakers have already left Washington for the Christmas holidays, after failing to approve $60 billion in Ukraine support requested by President Joe Biden in October. Republicans within the Home of Representatives blocked the omnibus invoice, demanding harder immigration management on the US-Mexico border.
The Ukrainian navy is bracing for 2024 as its much-anticipated summer season counteroffensive did not win any important floor this yr. Kiev’s forces took heavy casualties and misplaced a lot of the precious Western-supplied tanks and different tools whereas making an attempt to interrupt by means of thick Russian minefields and fortified positions.
In the meantime, the Russian forces seem to have gone on the offensive, most lately ejecting the Ukrainian troops from Maryinka, a key stronghold to the west of Donetsk.
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