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US lawmakers approve new aid for Ukraine after costly delays

Mark Cancian, a senior adviser at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, said the approval of new military aid funding is “absolutely essential for continued Ukrainian resistance.”

As a result of the delay in its adoption, “Ukraine has lost some territory, suffered additional casualties and has been less able to repel the airstrikes,” he said, noting that it also likely encouraged Putin to believe he can. survive the West in a long war.”

Ann Dailey, a policy researcher at the RAND Corporation, said Kiev is “sitting in the background,” with its forces “desperately low at 155 artillery rounds” and “also struggling with air defense.”

The shortage of 155mm rounds has left Ukraine in the position of being “unable to engage in counter-battery fires” against Russian artillery, she said.