U.S. aid insufficient for Ukrainian offensive, could arrive too late to Stop Russia’s

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The $60 billion in U.S. aid will reinforce Ukraine's defenses, but is insufficient to shift the situation on the battlefield, Bloomberg reported.

Ukraine's military faced acute ammunition and personnel shortages while the aid package was stalled for six months in Congress - a situation that has benefitted Russia.

The long-awaited U.S. aid will help Ukraine bolster its defense, slow Russian advances, and minimize losses, said Kyiv Strategic Studies Institute research fellow, Mykola Bielieskov.

Ukraine will require additional aid should it hope to conduct offensive operations, an unlikely prospect considering the resistance of Congressional Republicans.

“The question is whether there will be aid and in what volume in 2025 and beyond — as Putin’s strategy is to wait it out,” he said.

Germany will keep pressing its European allies, including France and Italy, to step up the air defense systems and components supply to Ukraine, Bloomberg noted.

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Even if U.S. military aid is delivered quickly, the difficulty with logistics could result in “delays in affecting the situation on the frontline for several weeks”,  Institute for the Study of War (ISW) analysts warned.

“The frontline situation will thus likely continue to deteriorate in that time, particularly if Russian forces scale their attacks to take advantage of the limited window before the new U.S. aid arrives,” ISW said. 

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