These funds should allow Ukraine to equip itself with armored vehicles, strengthen its anti-aircraft defense and fight cyberattacks at a time when fighting is still raging in the east and south of the country.
Several billion dollars are also planned to ensure “the continuity of Ukrainian democratic institutions“, as well as a large humanitarian component.
– “Putin the cruel“-
US President Joe Biden has been calling for a huge $33 billion budget extension for Ukraine for several weeks.
But, Monday evening, Democratic and Republican leaders agreed to go even further, finding a compromise around an envelope of 40 billion dollars, the equivalent of Cameroon’s GDP in 2020.
The elected members of the House of Representatives could give their assent to this budget as of Tuesday evening, before a vote in the Senate at the end of the week or the beginning of next week.
“Quickly passing this emergency funding is essential to help the people of Ukraine in their fight against the cruel Putin“, insisted the leader of the Democrats in the Senate, Chuck Schumer on Tuesday.
He felt that the United States had a “moral obligation“to stand by”from our friends in Ukraine“.
A rarity in a Congress so accustomed to political wrangling: these measures enjoy very broad cross-partisan support.
In a statement on Monday, the US president urged Congress to vote “immediatelyon these funds.
There is, according to the American executive, urgency.
US intelligence chief Avril Haines warned on Tuesday that Vladimir Putin, who is preparing for a protracted conflict in Ukraine, was counting on a waning of Western support for kyiv.
The Russian President”probably counts on a weakening of the resolve of the United States and the European Union, when the shortages of food goods and the rise in energy prices will worsen“, she warned.
However, according to Joe Biden, the resources provided by the United States to help Ukraine must dry up within ten days.
– Helicopters, drones –
“We can’t let our aid distributions stop pending a decision from Congress“, he pointed out.
These funds must also allow the Americans to replenish their own armament stocks.
A traditional foreign policy ally of US presidents, Congress had already released nearly $14 billion for the Ukraine crisis in mid-March, after hearing Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky compare the conflict in his country to the darkest hours of American history, Pearl Harbor, the attacks of September 11…
Joe Biden, who regularly expresses his desire to lead the great fight of democracies against authoritarian regimes, also reactivated on Monday a Roosevelt device dating from World War II to speed up the shipment to Ukraine of equipment military.
After being confined to weapons seen as defensive, Washington is now sending artillery, helicopters and drones to the Ukrainian army, whose soldiers are trained in the use of these weapons in the United States or in third countries before returning to the front. .