White House says US aid to Ukraine ‘has stalled’; Zelenskyy says “global freedom” is at stake

U.S. military aid to Ukraine has “stalled” and Congress has yet to authorize emergency spending requested by President Joe Biden’s administration in late October.

National Security Council spokesman John Kirby said at a White House press briefing on Thursday that Washington “issued the last draw that we were supposed to fund.”

“And that’s why it’s important that Congress continue this additional national security request and we get more funding. The assistance that we’ve been providing has now stopped,” he said.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyi thanked Estonia and Latvia on Thursday after meeting with the leaders of the two Baltic countries to discuss additional military aid and Ukraine’s path to EU and NATO membership.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyi, right, and Estonian President Alar Karis speak at a press conference during a meeting in Tallinn, Estonia, January 11, 2024. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyi was in Estonia on January 11, 2024, on the second leg of a Baltic tour aimed at boosting faltering support in his country’s fight against Russia. (Photo by RAIGO PAJULA/AFP) (Photo by RAIGO PAJULA/AFP via Getty Images)

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“We must win this battle, not only because the fate of our country and all nations bordering Russia is at stake. At stake is how global freedom will be treated now and in the future for our children and grandchildren,” Zelenskyy wrote in the post on

Ukraine’s leader on Thursday rejected the idea of ​​a truce with Russia, saying it would benefit Moscow and give it time to replenish its weapons stockpile.

Ukraine’s armed forces said on Telegram on Friday that there had been 64 combat engagements in the previous day, with Russian forces carrying out three airstrikes and 16 missile salvo attacks on Ukrainian positions.

More than 130 settlements in the region of Chernihiv, Sumy, Kharkiv, Luhansk, Donetsk, Zaporizhia, Dnepropetrovsk, Kherson and Mykolaiv came under artillery fire.

“Unfortunately, there are dead and wounded among the civilian population as a result of Russian terrorist attacks,” the Armed Forces of Ukraine added, according to a translation.

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