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: https://twitter.com/ChristopherJM/status/1518475976904261632
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.