Markarova: US Senate decision marks ‘first step in the right direction’

February 9,2024 254
Markarova: US Senate decision marks ‘first step in the right direction’

The US Senate’s vote to consider the bill on assistance to Ukraine separately from the border issue is the ‘first step in the right direction,’ said Ukraine’s Ambassador to the US, Oksana Markarova, in an interview with Bloomberg.

I was so happy to hear that it was a very strong bipartisan support, not yet final of course, just the first step in the right direction. There is no alternative to continuing this support,” the ambassador said.

Currently, the Armed Forces of Ukraine are grappling with a ‘critical shortage’ of military equipment, said Markarova, expressing hope that US legislators will find a way out of the impasse and provide assistance.

We still have enough people who want to fight – there is no choice, actually for us, we are defending our homes – but we’re running out of equipment, especially missiles and interceptors. We need this support yesterday,” said Markarova.

The bill providing assistance to Ukraine, Israel, and Taiwan garnered the necessary 60 votes in the US Senate during the procedural vote on February 8th. The decision has increased Ukraine’s chances of receiving financial support. 

Cover: Bloomberg screenshot

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