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- The White House has warned that US aid for Ukraine’s fight against Russian invasion will soon run out.
- US President Joe Biden’s budget director said military assistance ending would “kneecap” Ukraine on the battlefield.
- Ukraine has been desperately pushing for more Western aid.
“There is no magical pot of funding available to meet this moment. We are out of money – and nearly out of time,” wrote Young.
National security adviser Jake Sullivan went further, suggesting that voting against aid for Ukraine was effectively voting to make it easier for Russia to succeed.
“Congress has to decide whether to continue to support the fight for freedom in Ukraine … or whether Congress will ignore the lessons we’ve learned from history and let Putin prevail,” Sullivan told reporters at the White House.
“It is that simple. It is that stark a choice.”
‘Judgement of history’
“The Biden administration has failed to substantively address any of my conference’s legitimate concerns about the lack of a clear strategy in Ukraine,” Johnson said on X, formerly Twitter, on Monday.
Casting Putin and Hamas as twin forces trying to “annihilate” neighbouring democracies, Biden has sought to tie US$61 billion ($92 billion) for Ukraine with US$14 billion ($21 billion) for Israel in the aid package he demanded in October, along with funding for the border.
“You can bet Vladimir Putin is watching. Hamas is watching. Iran, President Xi, North Korea — all our adversaries, they are watching closely.”
Putin ‘won’t make peace’
European countries are also facing challenges in securing funding for Ukraine as fatigue with the war sets in.
Fears are growing in Washington that until next year’s US presidential election, a probable replay of 2020’s contest between Biden and Donald Trump.
The official would not say why but Moscow is widely seen as favouring a return by Trump, who has praised the Russian leader and questioned US aid for Ukraine.