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Ukrainian soldiers evacuate a wounded man near the Bakhmut front line.

Agence France-Presse

The United States announced on Wednesday the release of $250 million in military aid to Ukraine, its last tranche available without a new vote in the US Congress.

Negotiations are still slipping between Republican and Democratic parliamentarians on the validation of the 61 billion envelope insisted on by American President Joe Biden and his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelensky.

It is imperative that Congress act as soon as possible to advance our national security interests by helping Ukraine defend itself.

A quote from Secretary of State Antony Blinken

The aid released Wednesday includes ammunition for air defense systems and anti-tank weapons, according to the State Department press release.

Thank you for your help, we will win, reacted the head of the Ukrainian presidential administration Andriy Iermak in the evening on X.

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However, Senate leaders have already taken note that Congress would end the year without approving new funds – yet another disappointment for the Ukrainian president, in a year marked by disappointed hopes of a major counter-offensive and increased pressure from Russia on the front.

The White House had warned that it would be short of resources for Ukraine by the end of the year.

We only have one envelope of aid left before the funds intended for Ukraine run out, a White House spokesperson announced on December 18, John Kirby.

When it is sent, we will no longer have authorization […] And we will have Congress needed to act without delay, he warned.

Volodymyr Zelensky came to Washington in mid-December in person – his third trip to the American capital in a year – to try to increase the pressure.

But almost two years after the start of a bogged-down war – and more than $110 billion already released by Congress – the question of the continuity of this support as long as Ukraine will need to be asked more and more insistently.

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky visited Washington on December 11 to demand new help.

Republicans, in particular, began to find the bill too high. They had conditioned their support for this new package on a draconian tightening of American migration policy.

The negotiations on this explosive issue did not, however, end in time.

Aware that the sense of emergency has faded in Washington since the start of the war in 2022, President Biden asked Congress to pair his request for aid for Ukraine with another of around 14 billion for Israel, an ally of the United States in the war against Hamas.

So far, in vain.

Since the start of the conflict, the Kremlin has been banking on the running out of Western aid, and any hesitation from Kiev's allies reinforces Russia's belief that its bet will be a winner.

< p class="StyledBodyHtmlParagraph-sc-48221190-4 hnvfyV">The failure of Congress to pass this envelope does not mean the end of United States support for Kiev.

American parliamentarians return to school on January 8, and the Republican and Democratic leaders of the Senate have only said their intention to validate this envelope, which includes military and humanitarian components and macroeconomic.

It's in the House of Representatives, which must also approve these funds, that things get complicated.

Its new president, Republican Mike Johnson, is not opposed, in principle, to extending American assistance, but he claims that it is not #x27;is not framed enough.

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