Zelensky Gratitude for US Military Aid Money for Ukraine

KYIV - Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is expressing his gratitude to the US House of Representatives for approving a new $61bn package of military assistance for Ukraine after months of delays.

Zelensky said the aid could save thousands of lives in the war against the Russian illegal invasion.

While it's not uncommon for a country's future to be decided by politicians, a nation's very existence hinging on a vote 8,000 km away is as extraordinary as it sounds. For Ukraine, the six-month wait for this military package has been as costly as it has been frustrating. Dwindling ammunition has cost Ukraine lives and territory.

In this period of rare boosts for Kyiv, this was a biggie - the arrival of American weaponry will allow its beleaguered troops to do more than hang on. But it's no silver bullet.

So, what is the package going to do? It is likely to include air defence systems, mid to long-range missiles and artillery shells. Ukraine's recent lack of them has led to Russian forces capturing hundreds more square kilometres of territory.

When the aid arrives, Ukraine can potentially challenge Russia's air superiority, frustrate their supply lines, and slow advancing troops.
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