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U.S. funds provided for Ukraine should be enough for most of the year

Mar 24, 2023

The U.S. expects that the current planned financing of Ukraine should be sufficient for most of the year.

According to Reuters, U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said this.

"The last supplemental carries us through much of this year," he said.

The secretary of state did not specify, however, when President Joe Biden's administration would have to ask the Senate and House of Representatives for new funds for Ukraine.

The official also responded to congressmen's concerns that the money provided was being lost due to corruption and that other countries were not helping enough.

He said the United States has committed $32 billion of security assistance for Ukraine, but $22 billion has been committed by other countries. And Washington has provided about $15.5 billion in economic support, while other countries had sent $24 billion. And Washington has sent $2 billion in humanitarian assistance, but other countries have sent $3.5 billion.

The secretary of state recalled that countries in Europe have taken in about 8 million refugees since the full-scale war began.

"If we pulled the plug on that, either ourselves or allies and partners, it would have disastrous consequences for Ukraine... We do have real burden-sharing when it comes to Ukraine," he said.

Blinken assured that U.S. representatives in Kyiv control the use of funds that are provided to Ukraine. There are 45 employees of the State Department alone.

On 20 March, Blinken announced a new $350m military aid package for Ukraine.

Author – Anastasiya Glotova, 24/03/2022

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