Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said Monday that none of Ukraine’s Western backers has “done enough” to support Kyiv in a call for more military aid.
“Ukraine is grateful to partners for their military aid, but we should remain honest with one another: no one has done enough as long as Russian boots remain on Ukrainian ground,” Kuleba wrote on Twitter.
“Arming our country for victory is the shortest way to restoring peace and security in Europe & beyond,” the Ukrainian diplomat added.
Since Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24, 2022, the US has authorized about $112 billion to spend on the war, almost twice Russia’s entire military budget for 2021. According to the Pentagon, the US has pledged Ukraine more than $24.2 billion in military equipment alone since the Russian invasion.
Support for Ukraine also includes training, humanitarian assistance, and tens of billions provided directly to the Ukrainian government, known as direct budgetary aid.
Despite the massive support, Ukrainian officials keep demanding more. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s message to Congress and President Biden during his recent visit to Washington DC was that he was thankful for the help but that it wasn’t enough.
“We have artillery, yes. Thank you. We have it. Is it enough? Honestly, not really,” Zelensky said in his address to Congress. He also said the US should send heavy tanks and planes to Kyiv, which it has yet to provide.