U.S. Senate Approves Foreign Aid Bill; Ukraine Claims Russia Acquiring Starlink Terminals through ‘Arab Countries’

Kentucky Senate (Credits: Hindustan Times)

The U.S. Senate approved a $95 billion aid package on Tuesday aimed at providing financial assistance to Ukraine, Israel, and Taiwan, with a vote split at 70-29. However, the bill faces a significant challenge in the Republican-controlled House of Representatives.

House Speaker Mike Johnson voiced concerns on Monday, stating that the bill lacked provisions related to U.S. border security, an issue deemed essential by Republican lawmakers for garnering their support.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy expressed gratitude to Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, and all senators who endorsed the legislation.

U.S. Senate (Credits: Britannica)

Zelenskyy emphasized the importance of continued U.S. assistance for Ukraine, highlighting its role in saving lives and sustaining normalcy amidst the conflict with Russia.

In a separate development, Ukraine’s primary military intelligence agency revealed on Tuesday that Russia had been procuring SpaceX-made Starlink terminals through “Arab countries.” This revelation follows earlier claims by the agency suggesting that Russian forces were utilizing Starlink in occupied territories.

Responding to the agency’s assertions, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk clarified on Sunday that, to the best of his knowledge, no Starlink terminals had been directly or indirectly sold to Russia. These statements shed light on the complex dynamics surrounding technology and its implications in geopolitical conflicts.

I'm Richard Rosales, I cover political news and ongoing US elections.