During an address at the White House yesterday, U.S. President Joe Biden warned that discontinuing financial aid to Ukraine could lead to a crisis in the Balkan countries.
The director of the National Intelligence Service, Avril Haines, stated at the time that it was not a coincidence that Vladimir Putin launched his largest air assault since the beginning of the invasion of Ukraine after Congress last month did not approve additional aid.
Sullivan emphasized that Ukraine's position would become increasingly difficult throughout the year.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and Biden are urging Congress to approve a new aid package of $61.4 billion, but Republicans refuse to approve assistance without an agreement with Democrats on strengthening security along the U.S.-Mexico border. Even if Republicans were to relent and agree to continue aid, it would likely be significantly less.
Without additional assistance from the U.S., Western officials estimate that Ukraine would first run out of long-range missiles, followed by anti-aircraft defence missiles, and later artillery ammunition and short-range projectiles such as Javelin anti-tank missiles and Stinger anti-aircraft missiles.