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The United States government has spent over $113 million on the war in Ukraine, with additional costs for replacing weapons and munitions sent to Kyiv. A letter from the White House Office of Management and Budget Director Shalanda Young to Sen. JD Vance broke down the spending, including $111 billion in supplemental funding from Congress and additional regular appropriations from the State Department and USAID. The Pentagon has requested an additional $10 billion to replenish stocks used to aid Ukraine through the Presidential Drawdown Authority (PDA).

Young emphasized the critical need for continued U.S. support for Ukraine, as Russia seeks to exhaust Ukrainian supplies of artillery and air defense munitions. Without a swift infusion of U.S.-funded munitions and equipment, Russia could make further gains, and Ukraine’s ability to defend itself would be compromised. The Biden administration has the authority to provide an additional $4.1 billion in drawdown aid, with $300 million already used by the Pentagon to assist Ukraine. However, Vance has criticized the administration for obscuring the true cost of the war and relying on U.S. taxpayers to fund the conflict.

The Pentagon has notified Congress of $25.85 billion in funding needed to replace equipment sent to Ukraine through the PDA, with an additional $10 billion requested to replenish remaining stocks. The cost of replacement items is higher than the net book value of older items, leading to a financial backlog that requires significant funding. The Biden administration has acknowledged the need for additional replenishment funds but faces criticism for the lack of transparency regarding the true cost of the conflict.

Young’s letter revealed previously undisclosed funds to Ukraine from State and USAID totaling approximately $334 million. State and USAID have also reprogrammed prior year balances to support Ukraine, demonstrating ongoing efforts to provide assistance. Vance and Sen. Josh Hawley introduced legislation to prevent accounting errors like the $6.2 billion overestimation of weapons value sent to Ukraine by the Department of Defense over the past two years. The Senate Republicans’ objection to the massive Ukraine supplemental funding bill has raised concerns about the escalating costs of the conflict and the burden on American taxpayers.

The White House has confirmed over $100 billion spent on the war in Ukraine, with ongoing funding commitments to support Ukraine’s defense efforts against Russian aggression. The U.S. government’s investment in Ukraine includes a combination of supplemental funding packages and regular appropriations, highlighting the multifaceted approach to aiding Ukraine. Despite the financial challenges and the need for additional replenishment funds, the United States remains committed to supporting Ukraine’s security and well-being in the face of ongoing threats from Russia. The dynamic nature of the conflict in Ukraine underscores the importance of sustained U.S. assistance to ensure Ukrainian sovereignty and stability.

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