This substantial support included various critical defense equipment such as the Patriot missile system, Abrams tanks, armored vehicles, ATACMS, DPICM, air defense systems, missiles, artillery shells, and demining tools. Additionally, a significant decision was made to provide Ukraine with F-16 fighter jets.
President Zelensky expressed profound gratitude for the support, emphasizing its role in safeguarding freedom and security not just in Ukraine and Europe, but also in the United States. He stressed the necessity of continuing to robustly and decisively confront Russian aggression.
He also highlighted the pivotal role of the US in leading a coalition of more than 50 countries that are contributing military assistance to Ukraine. This coalition is seen as vital in combating terror and aggression globally.
On December 27, the US announced its last military aid package to Ukraine for 2023, valued at $250 million. The White House indicated the exhaustion of funds for further assistance to Ukraine without Congressional approval for additional funding.
The US Congress did not pass President Biden's proposed additional budget funding of $111 billion, which included over $60 billion for Ukraine. Despite some members of Congress being willing to delay the Christmas recess to secure funding for Ukraine, Republican opposition led to the Senate deciding to adjourn and work on a deal, while the House of Representatives went into recess.
The US administration is hopeful that the Senate will approve additional financial aid for Ukraine in January 2024.