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Pentagon requests $300 million from US Congress for Ukraine in next year's budget

Pentagon requests $300 million from US Congress for Ukraine in next year's budget The Pentagon has requested $300 million from the US Congress for Ukraine (photo: Getty Images)

The US Department of Defense has released its budget proposal for the 2025 fiscal year. According to the document, it includes $300 million in aid for Ukraine, according to the Pentagon press service.

"The outcome of Putin's cruel and unprovoked war of choice against Ukraine will define global security for decades to come, and we remain determined to meet the moment. The FY 2025 budget requests $300 million to fund the Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative," the document stated.

In the US, the federal government's fiscal year runs from October 1 to September 30.

Overall, the administration of President Joe Biden has requested Congress to allocate nearly $850 billion to the Pentagon's budget for the 2025 fiscal year, which is $10 billion less than the previous year. This includes approximately $262.6 billion for the U.S. Air Force, $257.6 billion for the U.S. Navy, $185.5 billion for the Army, and approximately $143.7 billion for various Pentagon agencies.

Delay in US military aid

On February 13, the US Senate passed a bill providing aid to Ukraine, Israel, and Taiwan totaling $95 billion. The bill includes over $61 billion in assistance for Ukraine.

For the bill to become law, it must be approved by the US House of Representatives and signed by President Joe Biden. However, on February 16, House spokesman Mike Johnson refused to bring the bill to a vote.

Later reports indicated that the Pentagon is considering whether to use the last source of military aid funding to support Ukraine's military efforts, even without guarantees that these funds will be reimbursed by Congress.