Ukraine’s commander-in-chief of the Armed Forces said Sunday he discussed military needs with the US chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, APA reports citing CNN.
Valerii Zaluzhnyi, commander-in-chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine said via Telegram that he had a phone conversation with General Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and “discussed the provision issues of the needs of the Defense Forces of Ukraine in repelling Russian armed aggression.”
The Ukrainian military leader also said he is “sincerely grateful to the entire American people and its leaders for the consistent and unwavering support of Ukraine in this hard time.”
The phone call came a couple of days after the US House of Representatives voted to provide around $12 billion for Ukraine. The House also requires the Pentagon to report on how US dollars have been spent there.
The $12 billion in additional funding for Ukraine provides money for the US to continue sending weapons to replenish US stocks that have been sent to the country over the past seven months during the ongoing conflict.
In order to continue providing Ukraine with weapons to counter Russia’s offensive, the bill allocates an additional $3 billion for the Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative. This pot of money allows the US to procure and purchase weapons from industry and send them to the country, instead of drawing directly from US stockpiles of weapons.
The bill also authorizes an additional $3.7 billion in presidential drawdown authority funding, which allows the US to send weapons directly from US stockpiles, and $1.5 billion is included to “replenish US stocks of equipment” provided to Ukraine, a fact sheet from Senate Democrats about the bill states.