The United States should continue funding Ukraine for its own values and self-interest, King said, nearly a year after Russia first invaded its neighbor.
“It would be catastrophic to cut aid to Ukraine at this point,” King said, responding to calls from some House Republicans to cut some funding to Ukraine.
He added, “To put it into perspective for Americans: it’s as if our east coast, from Maine to Florida, and then west to Houston, Texas, is occupied by a foreign power.” .
After meeting Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, King said he was “very impressed” with the level of accountability in how the funds were spent – a key concern of many opposed to additional aid – as well as the Zelenskyy’s understanding that any scandal could end the crisis. West’s ability to continue sending aid.
“This argument that the money is somehow wasted, I don’t think holds water,” King said.
Moscow plans to mobilize a new wave of more than half a million troops to fight in the war this month, Ukrainian officials said last week.