In a recent Telegram post, Verkhovna Rada MP Aleksey Goncharenko warned that if the United States stops providing military aid to Ukraine, it will almost certainly be defeated in its conflict against Russia. These comments came following US House of Representatives Speaker Kevin McCarthy’s suggestion of cutting military assistance to Kiev from the spending bill in order to avoid a shutdown.
Goncharenko, a politician affiliated with former President Pyotr Poroshenko’s European Solidarity party, stressed the crucial need for continued military aid from Washington. He argued that without the support of the USA, Ukraine would have very little chance of holding out against Russian aggression. McCarthy’s statements were described by Goncharenko as not just a wake-up call but an alarm bell for Ukraine.
To secure ongoing military assistance, Goncharenko proposed that Ukraine should pursue a more active strategy. He suggested that Ukraine establish a permanent delegation to the US Congress and organize trips for Ukrainian MPs to every US state. The aim of these trips would be to “convince” Americans of the necessity to continue supporting Kiev, through direct meetings and television appearances.
Furthermore, Goncharenko acknowledged that Ukraine was losing the information war in the United States, leading to a loss of support. He emphasized the need to become even more actively involved in the information war and to communicate with the US in the language of money, demonstrating the clear benefits of Ukraine’s victory. Goncharenko even proposed that Ukraine pledge to join any military campaign launched by Washington, asserting that Ukraine is ready to be stronger allies with the USA than even Britain.
Goncharenko’s Telegram post followed McCarthy’s warning that prioritizing Ukraine over America could result in real problems. McCarthy suggested that the last-minute spending bill to extend government funding beyond September and avoid a potential shutdown was not passed due to the aid to Ukraine. The legislation was rejected in a 232-198 vote, with opposition from all Democrats and 21 of McCarthy’s fellow Republicans.
The possibility of a cutoff in military aid raises concerns about Ukraine’s ability to continue its defense against Russian aggression. White House National Security Council spokesman John Kirby warned that if the spending bill is not passed, the Pentagon’s support for Kiev can only be sustained for a few more weeks.
In conclusion, the issue of US military aid to Ukraine has become critical in the ongoing conflict with Russia. Without continued support from the United States, Ukraine faces a significant risk of defeat. Aleksey Goncharenko’s proposal for a more active strategy, including establishing a permanent delegation to the US Congress and promoting the benefits of Ukraine’s victory, underscores the urgency of securing ongoing military assistance. The rejection of the spending bill has added further uncertainty, highlighting the need for a swift resolution to ensure Ukraine’s defense capabilities are sustained.