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US Congressman on timing of Ukraine's aid: Sooner than anyone thinks is possible

US Congressman on timing of Ukraine's aid: Sooner than anyone thinks is possible Photo: Bipartisan delegation of the United States Congress (Vitalii Nosach, RBC-Ukraine)

Ukraine will receive aid from the United States of America sooner than expected, according to the members of the US House of Representatives, Thomas Kane and Bill Keating, who arrived in Kyiv on a visit.

According to Kane, a number of people both in the United States and in Ukraine know what the bill provides for and what it allows, including for the first time long-range missiles with a range of 300 kilometers.

"There are people who know in this country as well as in the United States what would be included within those packages. We have assurances within the United States as well as within this country that people will be able to utilize the material that is sent very, very quickly," he said.

At the same time, Bill Keating believes that Ukraine will receive aid sooner than one might think.

"I would say this, to answer your question in terms of timing, is sooner than anyone thinks is possible. We met this morning with 82nd Airborne, we talked to our people. They've been preparing for this. They're just not waiting. They've been prepared and the arms that we'll get here, we'll get here quicker than I think any, any military could ever mobilize to get them here," he said.

According to him, some of the aid may be delivered to Ukraine in the days after the final vote, and some in a week.

"We don't know the schedule. And even if we did, we wouldn't tell anyone because it could affect the strategy of the war. But the fact is, people should be confident. There's no stone left unturned in terms of getting them here quickly," Keating added.

US assistance to Ukraine

On April 20, the US House of Representatives supported an initiative to provide $60.84 billion in aid to Ukraine. The bill is currently being considered by the US Senate. It now needs to be approved by two-thirds of the votes. Once approved by the Senate, the bill will be signed by US President Joe Biden.

According to Western media reports, the first batch of aid to Ukraine will be sent within a few days after the bill is signed.