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Future of US aid for Ukraine hangs in balance after shutdown deal

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Ukraine left out in cold by last-gasp deal to avoid a US shutdown

Just a week after Volodymyr Zelensky appealed in Washington for more funds to fight Russia, Congress dropped new funding for UkrainePresident Joe Biden said he ‘fully expects’ Republican House Speaker Kevin McCarthy to secure passage of a separate bill for Ukraine funding soonUkraine warAgence France-PressePublished: 2:43am, 2 Oct, 2023Why you can trust SCMP

The future of US aid for Ukraine hangs in the balance after a last-gasp deal to avoid a government shutdown, despite President Joe Biden’s attempts to reassure Kyiv it will get what it needs to fight Russia.

Barely a week after President Volodymyr Zelensky was in Washington appealing for more funds, the compromise struck in Congress dropped new funding for Ukraine amid opposition from hardline Republicans.

Biden and his Democratic Party say America has a duty to help Ukraine stand up to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s brutal invasion, warning that a failure to do so could embolden other autocrats in the future.

But the issue has become so politicised in Washington that the fate of vital military aid is now in jeopardy, just as Kyiv tries to make progress in its sluggish counteroffensive before winter sets in.

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