The Pentagon has sent a letter to US congressional leaders warning that it is running out of funds to replace weapons the US has sent to Ukraine, stressing that it has already been forced to slow down the supply of some troops. This was reported by the Associated Press on its website.
The letter urges Congress to replenish funding for Ukraine after the legislative body avoided the government shutdown by passing a short-term financing bill that halted all assistance to Ukraine in the war against Russia.
Under Secretary of Defense Michael McCord told House and Senate leaders that $1.6 billion remains of the $25.9 billion provided by Congress to replenish U.S. military stockpiles flowing into Ukraine. Weapons include millions of artillery shells, rockets and missiles crucial to Ukraine's counteroffensive aimed at reconquering territory captured by Russia during the war.
In addition, the United States is left with about $5.4 billion to supply weapons and equipment from its stockpiles. The United States would have already exhausted that funding if the Pentagon had not realized earlier this year that it had overestimated the equipment already sent, freeing up some $6.2 billion. Some of these have been sent in recent months.
McCord said the United States has completely exhausted long-term funding for Kiev through Ukraine's Security Assistance Initiative, which provides money to sign contracts related to future arms supply. "We have already been forced to slow down the supply of our forces to protect ourselves from an uncertain future of funding," McCord said in the letter.
"Failure to timely supply our military services could harm the preparedness of our armed forces."
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