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The heads of the US and Ukrainian Defense Departments discussed assistance to Kyiv

Pentagon chief Lloyd Austin and Ukrainian Defense Minister Rustem Umerov discussed US military assistance to Kyiv and the latest events in the combat zone.

The conversation also raised the topic of Ukraine’s lack of weapons, reported Pentagon press office.

Austin and Umerov also discussed the need for speedy approval by the US Congress of a new aid package and agreed to maintain further contacts.

American media previously reported that the US House of Representatives may not approve a new aid package to Ukraine before adopting the budget for the 2025 fiscal year, which begins on October 1. The $850 billion funding proposal was released by the White House on March 1, but aid to Ukraine is not mentioned in the document.

In February, the US Senate approved a bipartisan initiative to allocate more than $95 billion in aid to Ukraine, Israel and Taiwan. The House of Representatives has not yet put this document to a vote.

Amid difficulties in providing military assistance to Kyiv, Washington proposed to its G7 allies that they create a special mechanism to issue $50 billion in bonds backed by profits from frozen Russian assets to support Ukraine. About it reported Bloomberg, citing sources, said that the discussion is at an early stage.

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