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U.S. will not provide same support to Ukraine as in 2022-2023: Alternative named

U.S. will not provide same support to Ukraine as in 2022-2023: Alternative named U.S. State Department spokesman Matthew Miller (GettyImages)
Author: Maria Kholina

The United States will not support military funding for Ukraine at the levels of 2022-2023. Instead, Western partners aim to assist Ukraine in building its own military-industrial base, according to the spokesperson for the U.S. State Department, Matthew Miller, during a briefing.

"We will continue to support Ukraine... as long as it takes. That does not mean that we are going to continue to support them at the same level of military funding that we did in 2022 and 2023," he said.

Miller noted that the U.S. does not believe there is a need to continue support at the previous level, as Washington's goal is to help Ukraine stand on its own and build a military-industrial base capable of independently financing, producing, and procuring weaponry.

"But we are not there yet, and that is why it is so critical that Congress pass the supplemental funding bill, because we are not yet at the point where Ukraine can defend itself just based on its own," Miller said.

U.S. assistance to Ukraine

Yesterday, on January 4, the White House announced that the United States no longer has funds to provide new packages of military aid to Ukraine. According to the coordinator of the National Security Council, John Kirby, U.S. President Joe Biden signed the last security assistance package for which Ukraine has the authority over funds.

At the end of 2023, Congress failed to approve President Joe Biden's request for over $100 billion for national security needs, including over $60 billion for Ukraine.

The main obstacle was the Republicans who refused to support the initiative. They demanded that the White House incorporate their proposals to enhance border security into its request.

It was also reported that on December 27, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced that the United States had provided Ukraine with a military aid package of $250 million, which may be delivered in the near future.