The US runs out of resources to supply Ukraine with weapons; Dissatisfied with Europe due to insufficient funding Kiev

The US runs out of resources to supply Ukraine with weapons; Dissatisfied with Europe due to insufficient funding Kiev

The US is close to running out of options to continue delivering military aid to Ukraine as Washington’s concerns about a possible confrontation with Russia grow, Fox News reported Saturday, citing sources.

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On Friday, the US Department of Defense announced that Washington would donate more munitions for high-mobility missile systems (HIMARS) and additional artillery shells to Ukraine as part of a new $725 million military aid package. In addition, the new package will include 5,000 anti-tank weapons, additional high-velocity anti-radiation missiles (HARMs), more than 200 highly mobile multi-purpose wheeled vehicles and more than two million rounds of small arms ammunition.

Washington intends to slow the delivery of modern weapons to Ukraine, including HIMARS anti-missile defense systems, Javelin anti-tank missiles, Stinger air defense systems and M-777 howitzers, the broadcaster reported.

At the same time, according to a source from the Congress, the risks of an escalation of the conflict with Russia are also forcing the US authorities to reduce their activities in the delivery of weapons, although there are still opportunities to provide new packages of military assistance to Kiev.

Javelin anti-tank guided missiles
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Later in the day, Defense Department spokesman Patrick Ryder said Washington and its allies would continue to provide military assistance to Ukraine, including planned deliveries of “key” weapons.

“We will continue to support Ukraine in their fight to defend their country for as long as necessary, working closely with allies and partners to provide critical battlefield capabilities to Ukrainian forces,” Ryder said on Twitter.

As of 2021, the US has already provided Ukraine with $18.2 billion in military aid, while the amount of aid since 2014 has reached $20.3 billion.

Meanwhile, tensions between Washington and Brussels appear to be rising as the United States continues to push the European Union to increase economic aid to Ukraine, the Washington Post reported, citing sources.

According to the newspaper, US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen met last week in Washington with a number of world financial leaders and urged them to increase the speed and number of financial flows channeled to Ukraine.

Yellen specifically raised the issue during a private meeting with European Commission Executive Vice President Valdis Dombrovskis and European Economic Commissioner Paolo Gentiloni at the International Monetary Fund conference, according to the paper’s source. Increasing financial aid to Kyiv was also on the agenda of Yellen’s meeting with all EU finance ministers.

As resentment grows in Washington over delayed EU economic aid to Ukraine, Brussels appears to disagree with the idea that Europe has been slow or inadequate in providing funds to Kiev, the Washington Post said, recalling a recent statement by European Commission spokeswoman Nuyts Veerle, who said that the cumulative European aid to Ukraine amounted to about 19 billion euros ($18.5 billion).

In mid-August, the Ukraine Support Tracker of the Kiel Institute for the World Economy reported that since the start of the Russian military operation in Ukraine on February 24, Kiev has received more than $82 billion in aid from Western countries.

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