Aid was suspended to allow diplomats to ease tensions on the Russian side.Neither the White House nor the Bankovaya TV channel commented on the situation / photo REUTERS
The United States has prepared a $ 200 million additional military aid package for Ukraine, but the Biden administration has refrained from delivering it, despite appeals from some legislators.
This is reported by NBC News , citing informed sources.
At the same time, according to one of the interlocutors, there are many other options for further support for the Ukrainian Armed Forces, which includes, among other things, a large aid package if Russia decides to invade.
Speaking about additional military assistance to Kiev in the event of an offensive in Ukraine, national security adviser Jake Sullivan, the source of the TV channel convinces, was referring to a larger aid package, and not the announced $ 200 million.
As the newspaper writes, the cargo with weapons and equipment is being detained in order to enable diplomats to reduce tensions on the part of Russia, and to maintain leverage over the Kremlin.
“The package with less aid lay on the president’s desk for about three to four weeks,” said an informed source.
A smaller package of $ 200 million was expected to be approved and announced last week, but instead the White House decided to postpone a final decision.
It is not known whether the proposed $ 200 million package includes air defense systems requested by the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense, Javelin anti-ship missiles, electronic countermeasures, modernized artillery ammunition, etc.
Neither the White House, nor Bankovaya have commented on the situation to the TV channel.
On the eve, 22 members of the House of Representatives wrote a letter to Biden, in which they called to accelerate the provision of military assistance to Ukraine: to protect ourselves from Russian aggression. “
A new escalation on the border is possible: what is known
As UNIAN reported earlier, the Washington Post, referring to the statements of its anonymous sources, wrote that Russia has resumed its military build-up on the border with Ukraine. In addition, videos with echelons of military equipment, in particular tanks and missiles, which are being transported to the southern and western regions of Russia, began to appear on social networks. According to the newspaper, the US and Europe drew attention to this after the completion of the Russian-Belarusian military exercises “West-2021”.
The Ministry of Defense of Ukraine then denied the information spread by The Washington Post about the buildup of military forces by Russia near the Ukrainian border. The data on the movement of Russian troops published in the media were called by the Ministry of Defense “an element of special information and psychological actions, which are, in fact, planned measures within the framework of the movement of troops after the completion of the exercises.”
Later, Politico released fresh satellite photographs , which confirm reports that Russia is again concentrating troops and military equipment on the border with Ukraine.
Subsequently, the head of the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine, Kirill Budanov, in an interview with the Military Times, said that Russia had concentrated 92 thousand troops near the border with Ukraine and was preparing for an invasion in late January – early February 2022.
Recently, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba announced that Russia has deployed 115,000 troops near Ukraine’s borders .
According to the Financial Times, Western intelligence assumes a “high likelihood of destabilization” of Ukraine by Russia this winter.
Moscow denies accusations of preparing an attack on Ukraine and, on the contrary, points to the intensification of NATO forces near the Russian borders.
At a press conference on November 26, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy expressed the opinion that an escalation on the part of Russia on the border by the militants it supports in Donbas could happen any day.