Following continued Russian attacks in the Donbas region, the Ukrainians have successfully defended their territory, with minimal areas under Russian control. The Ukrainian city of Kreminna has reportedly fallen into Russian hands, and fighting is underway in Izyum. Russian advances are also underway to capture Sloviansk and Kramatorsk. In light of these developments, Ukraine has asked the United States for more emergency assistance in the form of $2 billion worth of economic aid per month.

Ukrainian Finance Minister Sergii Marchenko, who was in Washington for meetings with several US officials, reportedly asked the US if they could supply Ukraine with $2 billion per month, citing the need for emergency economic aid. In total, the Ukrainian government is looking for at least $5 billion per month overall from the international community. The funds will reportedly be used for the country’s humanitarian and economic needs in the months of April, May, and June, as per a report by The Washington Post.

In an interview, Marchenko reportedly told the Washington Post that it was necessary to finance Ukraine and its war with Russia and that there is a need to cover the financial “gap.”

A meeting between the US and Ukraine during Defense Secretary Austin and Secretary of State Antony Blinken (Christopher Miller). Source:
A meeting between the US and Ukraine during Defense Secretary Austin and Secretary of State Antony Blinken (Christopher Miller/Twitter)

This plea from Ukraine comes after Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin visited Kyiv in secret to show Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky the US’ unwavering support in their battle against Russia. The officials reportedly had a three-hour, face-to-face meeting with Zelensky in Ukraine.

“This was, in our judgment, an important moment to be there, to have face-to-face conversations in detail,” Blinken said.

Journalists were not allowed to report on the two US officials’ trip to Ukraine until it was over because of security reasons. They were also prohibited from joining the officials during their trip and were not allowed to disclose where in Poland they waited for Austin and Blinken to return.

This visit was accompanied by over $713 million in foreign military financing for Kyiv and other 16 allied countries. Of the $713 million, $322 million is directly for Ukraine. The remaining funds will be distributed to NATO members and other countries which have donated weaponry and munitions to Ukraine. What sets out this particular financing from the US is that it is purely money that is at their disposal. No weapons from the US stockpile will be donated. Instead, Ukraine has full control over what munitions and equipment they need as they see fit.

With the donation, the US has now provided $3.7 billion worth of assistance packages to Ukraine since the invasion started. It is by far the top country that has helped Ukraine financially, with Poland coming in second. In terms of economic support, the US has donated some $1 billion to aid Kyiv.