Ukraine has one year to get ready for potential reduction in aid from USA
Yevhen Dykyi, the former commander of the "Aidar" battalion, believes that starting from 2025, military and financial support from Western partners might either decrease or cease
He stated it on the Espreso TV channel.
He explained, "The fact that aid to Ukraine is among the topics on hold in the USA for 45 days is a concerning sign. However, it doesn't mean we'll immediately lose all aid from the USA. Russia need not be overly concerned, as their primary strategy seems to be waiting for a potential return of Trump to the US presidency. Russia likely understands that assistance to Ukraine will likely continue to be a part of the primary US budget."
Dykyi stressed the importance of Ukraine preparing for various potential outcomes.
He said, "Currently, there are two extreme scenarios in the US. First, they might completely halt all aid to Ukraine, which is favored by Trump supporters. Second, they could increase assistance to ensure our victory in 2024. In my view, both of these options seem unlikely. The most probable scenario is that support will remain at a level similar to the current year's. However, beyond that, there are no guarantees. So, effectively, we have a year to maximize our efforts on the battlefield and prepare for the possibility of reduced or discontinued aid from 2025 onwards. I believe we've learned from our past mistakes and will be ready for various potential outcomes."
- On September 25th, Matthew Miller, the spokesperson for the US State Department, mentioned that the shutdown might slow down the delivery of weapons to US partners.
- At the same time, he noted that a bipartisan majority in the US Congress supports ongoing assistance to Ukraine.
- On September 30th, Kevin McCarthy, the Speaker of the US House of Representatives, proposed excluding funding for Ukraine from the additional spending bill to prevent a government shutdown.
- On October 1st, President Joe Biden signed a bill for temporary government funding until November 17th, which had been approved by the Senate and the House of Representatives. Prior to signing, Biden clarified that there was no new funding in the agreement for continued support to Ukraine.
- Furthermore, Biden urged Congressional Republicans to promptly support the proposed legislation for additional aid to Ukraine.
- Ukraine's Ambassador to the USA, Oksana Markarova, reassured that the temporary budget passage in the USA does not jeopardize the previously approved supply of weapons and equipment.