The new US bill which has averted a government shutdown means there is now “no new funding” from Congress, which severely puts Ukraine at risk of “losing the war.”
Republicans are divided over whether to continue with supporting Ukraine with military aid packages worth billions and it has been reported that the US fed is at risk of defaulting on £26 trillion of debt.
US Congress have passed the bill to fund the government to prevent a shutdown, but aid to Ukraine has for time being, been suspended, AP reported.
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On Saturday evening Congress passed the bill prevent the government shutdown until November, but the stopgap funding does not include the $6 billion in humanitarian or military aid for Ukraine.
Mitch McConnell, Senate minority leader said, “Most Senate Republicans remain committed to helping our friends on the front lines, to investing more heavily in American strength that reinforces our allies and deterring our top strategic adversary, China.”
Bloomberg reported that a week ago President Volodymyr Zelensky met with President Joe Biden and Ukraine was promised F-16 fighter jets and the lethal long-range ATACMS, it now looking likely Kyiv will not receive the much-needed equipment, playing right into Vladimir Putin’s hands.
“If we don’t get aid, we will lose the war,” Zelenskyy said to senators, according to Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer.
Republican Senator JD Vance also opposes providing Ukraine with funding and a letter was signed by 28 member from the Senate and House of Representatives.
Vance is Donald Trump loyalist said, “At a classified briefing over Ukraine, it became clear that America is being asked to fund an indefinite conflict with unlimited resources. Enough is enough. To these and future requests, my colleagues and I say: NO.”
Republican Marjorie Taylor Greene who is also a Trump loyalist has been talking anti-Ukraine rhetoric and last year she was met with a backlash for saying, “You see, Ukraine just kept poking the bear, and poking the bear, which is Russia, and Russia invaded,” The Financial Times reported.
She added, “There is no win for Ukraine here. Russia is being successful in their invasion.”
Trump, who is the Make America Great Again (MAGA) champion and is currently the leading contender for the Republican 2024 presidential nomination, is against backing Ukraine and has admiration for Putin and his “genius” qualities.
Trump believes he can very simply and quickly broker a peace deal ending the war in 24 hours.