Ukrainian military is running out of ammunition without US help — Pentagon
Due to the lack of US assistance, the Ukrainian military on the front line is running out of ammunition and weapons to fight the Russian occupying forces
A Pentagon spokesman made the statement, according to Politico.
"DOD had started parceling out aid in smaller packages this past fall in anticipation of the funds drying up, Wallander said. While the U.S. is still delivering weapons to Ukraine from the most recent tranche of aid, that slowdown had already begun affecting the Ukrainian military’s planning and operations," said Celeste Wallander, Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs.
According to her, European countries are trying to strengthen their own defense industry capabilities to meet Ukraine's needs.
Wallander also noted that "the conflict hasn’t died down. And in fact, the intensity remains high based on Russian activity." In addition to ammunition and artillery shells, Ukraine urgently needs interceptor systems to protect itself from Russian attacks.
- Earlier, Biden held a confidential meeting with congressional leaders to explain Ukraine's urgent need for further assistance. He also agreed to make concessions to the Republicans on immigration reform in order to offset opponents' criticism in an election year and ensure continued aid to Ukraine.
- The Hill reports that Senate Republican Minority Leader Mitch McConnell expects to consider a bipartisan agreement on Ukraine and border security funding next week.