The Pentagon urged Congress to adopt a new aid package to Ukraine by May 19


The previous US defense support package for Ukraine will last until next Thursday, but to ensure a continuous flow of weapons and equipment to Ukrainian partners, Congress must pass a new package as soon as possible.

Defense Department spokesman John Kirby said this on Friday during a briefing at the Pentagon, an Ukrinform correspondent reports.

“May 19 is the day when we really, in the absence of additional powers, begin to miss the opportunity to send new materials. Starting May 19, this will begin to affect our ability to deliver aid smoothly,” Kirby said.

As Ukrinform reported, on May 10, the US House of Representatives accepted a large-scale bill providing for an additional allocation of about $40 billion to respond to Russian aggression against Ukraine. The Senate planned to pass the bill on Thursday, May 12. However, Republican Senator Rand Paul, who is considered a pro-Russian politician and supporter of Donald Trump, blocked an accelerated process for adopting a new support package for Ukraine.


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