Ukraine’s self-sufficiency hinges on US aid, says ruling party leader

David Arakhamia
David Arakhamia

Ukraine can sustain itself for two more months without US assistance, David Arakhamia, leader of the ruling Servant of the People faction, said in an interview with the Report news agency on Feb. 10.

If the issue is not resolved, Ukraine will look for funding opportunities, including mobilization, through internal sources.

“The EU recently adopted a program of $53.9 billion (50 billion euros) for four years,” said the official.

“This means that we have certain funds for the next four years.”

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Arakhamia added that mobilization in the country will not take place without demobilization. But additional funds will be needed to train and equip the military.

“In preparation for the counteroffensive, we had over 200,000 qualified soldiers,” he said.

“Some of them were trained in Romania, France, Italy, Spain and other countries. According to the existing agreements, the training was carried out at the expense of these countries.”

Arakhamia also expressed confidence that Washington will eventually vote to provide aid to Ukraine, Israel and Taiwan within the next two months, as he “witnessed support for Ukraine”during his visit to the United States last week.

“However, there are still unresolved issues related to the border,” he said.

Blocking aid to Ukraine: What is known

On Dec. 6, the bill funding aid to Ukraine, Israel, and Taiwan for approximately $106 billion failed procedural voting in the US Senate due to Republican demands for stricter immigration policies. They sought to strengthen the border with Mexico and only consider it in connection with aid to Ukraine and Israel.

Read also: Republicans block aid bill for Ukraine in first Senate vote

On Jan. 25, the Financial Times reported that Republicans, influenced by Trump, who demands the party reject a compromise on immigration, are succumbing.

On Jan. 31, in his first official address as Speaker, Johnson stated that the Senate agreement under discussion is not sufficient to prevent migrants from Mexico entering the US. He had previously hinted that he would not unblock aid to Ukraine, calling the Senate agreement “absolutely dead.”

On Feb. 5, the US Senate unveiled a $118 billion package, including $60 billion for Ukraine, $14 billion in aid to Israel, nearly $5 billion to allies in the Asia-Pacific region, $20 billion for strengthening immigration policy, and humanitarian aid to civilians in the Gaza Strip.

US President Joe Biden urged the House to promptly pass the bill.

Read also: Ukraine and Israel aid caught in crossfire of U.S. border dispute

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