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Pentagon unveils deadline for U.S. military aid depletion to Ukraine

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Author: Daria Shekina

The U.S. Department of Defense will run out of funds for replacing weapons sent to Ukraine by December 30th, says Pentagon Comptroller Michael McCord.

The media outlet specifies that, in fact, the Pentagon for the first time indicated a precise date by which it will exhaust its funds for aiding Ukraine if Congress does not approve new funding.

"The Defense Department is spending its last $1.07 billion to buy new weapons and equipment that will replace those drawn down from stockpiles and sent to Ukraine," said Michael McCord.

The Pentagon is pressing Congress for aid allocation to Ukraine

McCord has added that once these funds are allocated, the Department will exhaust its available funding for providing security assistance to Ukraine.

McCord has stated this in a letter to the leaders of the House and Senate committees on defense policy and appropriations. The letter aims to pressure the US Congress to approve over $60 billion, which President Joe Biden requested for aid to Ukraine.

Challenges with U.S. financial aid to Ukraine

In early October President Joe Biden requested over $106 billion from Congress for national security needs, including over $61 billion for new aid to Ukraine.

However, on December 6th, the Senate blocked the start of debates on this aid package due to Republican demands to include a tougher set of measures to protect the southern border with Mexico.

Republicans and Democrats initiated negotiations to reach a compromise on this issue. Against this backdrop, the Senate decided to continue its work before the Christmas holidays.

For more details on why the U.S. cannot reach an agreement on aid to Ukraine, refer to the article by RBC-Ukraine.