As the US Congress wrestles with the looming threat of a federal government shutdown, President Joe Biden has made a significant announcement during Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s visit to Washington. The President unveiled a robust military aid package worth $325 million for Ukraine, reinforcing the United States’ commitment to supporting the Eastern European nation in its defense efforts.
This substantial aid package comprises an array of essential resources, including counter-airstrike systems, dual-purpose improved conventional munitions, and anti-tank weapons, among other critical assets, as confirmed by the US Department of Defense. Notably, while the aid bolsters Ukraine’s defensive capabilities, it does not include the longer-range ATACMS missiles that Kiev had sought, capable of striking targets up to 300 kilometers away.
President Zelenskyy’s visit to Washington included discussions with President Biden, US Congress members, and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, all aimed at further enhancing aid for Ukraine, as reported by US media outlets.
This aid package is separate from the additional $24 billion that President Biden is urging Congress to approve for Ukraine, a move that has encountered objections from some Republican representatives seeking to reduce aid.
With US military aid to Ukraine reaching a total of $43.9 billion since February 2022, it remains a pivotal issue in the ongoing Congressional deadlock over the next fiscal year’s budget, heightening concerns of a potential US federal government shutdown after September 30.