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Pentagon Considering Tapping Last Source of Ukraine Military Funding as Congress Stalls on Additional Aid

The Pentagon is weighing whether to tap into the last remaining source of funding it has for military aid to support Ukraine’s war effort against Russia. (Click image for article.)
In this July 2022 photo, Ukrainian servicemen prepare to fire at Russian positions from a US-supplied M777 howitzer in Kharkiv region of Ukraine. Evgeniy Maloletka/AP/File
 

The Pentagon is weighing whether to tap into the last remaining source of funding it has for military aid to support Ukraine’s war effort against Russia even without guarantees that those funds will be replenished by Congress, multiple defense officials told CNN.

The Defense Department still has around $4 billion in presidential drawdown authority funds available for Ukraine, which allows the Pentagon to draw from its own stockpiles to send military equipment to Kyiv.

But the Pentagon had previously been reluctant to spend any of that remaining money without assurances it would be reimbursed by Congress through the administration’s $60 billion supplemental funding request, because taking from DoD stockpiles with no plan to replenish that equipment could impact US military readiness.

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