ANI, Moscow (Russia). There has been a continuous war between Ukraine and Russia for the past several months. At the same time, the West will continue to provide aid to war-torn Ukraine. After which Russian President Vladimir Putin said that Ukraine would not be able to survive for more than “a week” without Western military and financial aid. This information has come to light in the report of Al Jazeera.
Putin made the claim on the same day an EU official warned that the bloc would not be able to bridge the funding gap if US support for Kiev ended.
US support for Ukraine may slow down
Earlier this week, US President Joe Biden said he was “concerned” that US support for Ukraine could be derailed.
Speaking at the Valdai Discussion Club meeting, Putin said that Ukraine is being moved forward thanks to billions of dollars of donations coming in every month. Putin said, if anyone stops, everything will be over in a week.
He said, the same applies to the defense system also. Just imagine that aid will stop tomorrow. This would last only for a week before they would run out of ammo.
Ukraine lost more than 90,000 soldiers- Putin
Putin further said that Ukraine has lost more than 90,000 soldiers since Kiev’s retaliatory offensive against Russian forces.
Also, addressing a meeting of the European Political Community (EPC) in Spain on Thursday, EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said the EU cannot replace the US as Kiev’s primary donor.
Borrell said, can Europe fill the gap left by the US? Well, certainly Europe cannot replace America.
Furthermore, the EU and the US, which include most NATO members, are important in Ukraine’s fight against Russia.
Promise to give 100 billion US dollars to Ukraine
Over this period, the EU and its member states have pledged more than US$100 billion in aid to Ukraine, including financing arms deliveries.
Meanwhile, Washington has committed USD 43 billion in military aid, while Congress has approved USD 113 billion, including humanitarian assistance.
However, new US funding to Ukraine is on hold, following a weekend agreement with opposition Republicans to prevent a US government shutdown.
The US House of Representatives voted on Tuesday to remove Republican Kevin McCarthy as speaker, making support for Ukraine even more uncertain.
Hours after passing a short-term spending bill to avoid a government shutdown, US President Joe Biden assured that Washington “will not back down” from supporting Ukraine, CNN reported.
America is helping Ukraine
“I want to assure our American allies and the American people and the people of Ukraine that you can count on our support,” CNN quoted Biden as saying. We will not go away.
Additionally, according to Al Jazeera, some radicals also want US aid to Ukraine to be cut off.
Meanwhile, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky expressed concern about Washington’s “political storms” at a meeting of European leaders in Spain on Thursday, but said he was confident he still had US bipartisan support.
Earlier, French President Emmanuel Macron assured Zelensky of further support and promised “relentless” support for Ukraine.
French President Emmanuel Macron reinforced that message, pledging “relentless” support for Ukraine in a meeting with Zelensky.
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