The Pentagon sent a letter to Congress warning that the billions of taxpayer dollars to buy weapons for Ukraine are running low and resupplying its military has been slowed.
Pentagon Comptroller Michael McCord told House and Senate leaders there is $1.6 billion left of the $25.9 billion Congress provided to replenish U.S. military equipment that has been flowing to Ukraine.
“We have already been forced to slow down the replenishment of our own forces to hedge against an uncertain funding future,” McCord said in the letter. “Failure to replenish our military services on a timely basis could harm our military’s readiness.”
The U.S. also has about $5.4 billion left to provide weapons and equipment from its stockpiles, according to the Associated Press.
He added that without additional funding, the Pentagon won’t be able to resupply Ukraine’s military with weapons and equipment that are “critical and urgent now as Russia prepares to conduct a winter offensive.”
This comes after Joe Biden claimed Saturday that funding for Ukraine cannot be interrupted “under any circumstance.”
“We cannot under any circumstances allow America’s support for Ukraine to be interrupted,” Biden said in a statement. “We have time, not much time, and there’s an overwhelming sense of urgency.”
BIDEN AFTER GOVERNMENT FUNDING BILL PASSES: “We cannot under any circumstances allow American support for Ukraine to be interrupted. I fully expect the Speaker will keep his commitment to the people of Ukraine and secure passage of the support needed to help Ukraine…” pic.twitter.com/Jnc9Zwzsgv
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Despite the Pentagon’s warnings, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre assured reporters Monday that a new funding package for Ukraine is forthcoming.
“If Putin thinks he can outlast us, he’s wrong. We will have another package of aid for Ukraine soon,” she said.