US releases military aid to Ukraine without congressional approval

The United States announced a $250 million military aid to Ukraine without congressional approval. Secretary of State Antony Blinken emphasized the urgency for Congress to act swiftly in promoting national security interests by aiding Ukraine in defending itself against Russian invasion.

This military aid to Ukraine, termed the “year’s final package,” comprises artillery and air defense ammunition, critical for Ukraine’s defense against Russian forces. President Joe Biden has prioritized aiding Ukraine, and American weapons and financial assistance have played a pivotal role in supporting the pro-Western country against Russia.

However, right-wing Republicans have led an initiative to halt this effort, demanding radical measures against illegal migration across the US southern border as a condition for authorizing new budget disbursements.

The military aid to Ukraine package, valued at $250 million, includes “air defense munitions, additional components for high-mobility artillery rocket systems, 155mm and 105mm artillery ammunition, anti-armor munitions, and over 15 million rounds of ammunition,” as detailed by the Department of State.

Following the US announcement, Ukrainian authorities assured their industrial capability to respond to armament demands during the ongoing conflict with Russia, in case the debated US aid package fails to materialize in Congress.

Alexei Danilov, Ukraine’s Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council, highlighted the maximum capacity utilization of both public and private defense industries since the invasion’s onset, achieving significant milestones. He expressed confidence in the US Congress approving the economic and military aid, emphasizing Ukraine’s collaboration with international partners in defense production, stressing the country’s preparedness to deploy new weaponry directly in real combat scenarios.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, during an event with public and private defense industry producers, lauded Ukraine’s tripling of local production over the past year. He stressed the necessity of strengthening the state’s defense capabilities to counter every Russian action, achievable through sufficient arms production.

Zelensky highlighted the significant progress made in drone ammunition, artillery, and missile manufacturing, emphasizing the need for public defense industry growth. He advocated for state-owned industries to compete on equal terms with private entities for a unified victory against external threats.

The President emphasized the collective need for victory, underscoring the importance of a robust defense industry capable of countering Russian aggression and ensuring Ukraine’s sovereignty.

The remarks from Ukrainian officials reflect their confidence in national capacity and international collaborations, indicating preparedness to navigate ongoing challenges, affirming their commitment to self-sufficiency in defense production.

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