Ukraine aid money will run out before the end of the year: Biden had a warning for Congress
The White House has said that money to help Ukraine will run out by the end of the year if the US Congress does not pass a new package. Cutting off the flow of US weapons and equipment will "bring Ukraine to its knees" at the front and play into Moscow's hands, the US Presidential Administration has warned.
White House Budget Director Shalanda Young sent a letter to Congress, the Financial Times reports. She said that without Congressional approval, Washington would run out of funds to help Ukraine by the end of the year.
"There is no magic source of funding that can meet this point. We are out of money and almost out of time. Cutting off the flow of American weapons and equipment will bring Ukraine to its knees on the battlefield, not only jeopardizing the gains Ukraine has made, but also increasing the likelihood of Russian military victories," the letter reads.
Yang added that aid packages to Ukraine have already become smaller and supplies have decreased. She warned that the fall of the Ukrainian economy would deprive Ukrainians of the ability to fight on, which is what Russian President Vladimir Putin is counting on.
"If Ukraine's economy falls, they will not be able to continue fighting, period. Putin understands this well, so Russia has made the destruction of Ukraine's economy a central element of its strategy - as you can see in its attacks on Ukraine's grain exports and energy infrastructure," Young said.
She also said that helping Ukraine would benefit the US economy.
As reported by OBOZ.UA:
- The day before, John Kirby, the coordinator for strategic communications of the US National Security Council, called on Congress to vote for assistance to Ukraine by the end of 2023. According to him, Washington "can and should do more" to protect Ukraine and its energy facilities in the winter.
- Retired US General Ben Hodges said that the US should make Ukraine's victory in the war with Russia its policy. According to him, Washington should no longer have any excuses for transferring weapons to the Ukrainian army.