US sends smaller military packages to Ukraine due to Congress
Due to a stalemate in Congress over funding, the US has begun providing smaller military aid packages to Ukraine in order to bolster support
Reuters reports this with reference to White House spokeswoman Karine Jean-Pierre.
According to her, the United States intends to continue to support Ukraine as long as possible while Congress discusses new aid.
Earlier, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced the provision of up to USD 125 million worth of weapons and equipment to Ukraine. The Pentagon clarified that it is also expected to provide USD 300 million under the Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative (USAI) to strengthen Ukraine's air defense in the long term. With these funds, the US Department of Defense plans to provide Ukraine with additional laser-guided munitions to counter unmanned aerial systems.
The US Department of Defense warned that this package exhausts the remaining USAI funds currently available to support Ukraine, calling on the Administration to continue to urge "Congress to fulfill its obligations to the people of Ukraine by providing additional funding to ensure that Ukraine has everything it needs to defend itself against a brutal war of Russia's choosing."