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The USA has given Ukraine small arms ammunition that was seized whereas being transferred from Iranian forces to Tehran-backed rebels in Yemen, the navy mentioned Wednesday.

The transfer may presage the availability of extra seized navy gear to Ukraine at a time when Washington’s capability to proceed arming Kyiv has been referred to as into query resulting from opposition from hardline Republican lawmakers.

“The US authorities transferred roughly 1.1 million 7.62mm rounds to the Ukrainian armed forces” on Monday, the navy’s Central Command (CENTCOM) mentioned in an announcement.

The ammunition was seized by US naval forces in December 2022 whereas it was “being transferred from the IRGC to the Houthis in Yemen,” CENTCOM mentioned, referring to Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and the Yemeni insurgent forces they assist.

“The federal government obtained possession of those munitions on July 20, 2023, by the Division of Justice’s civil forfeiture claims” in opposition to the IRGC, it added.

The Pentagon mentioned Tuesday that the US can proceed assembly Ukraine’s navy wants for a “little bit longer” with help that has already been approved however that congressional motion is required for support to proceed in the long run.

Republican opposition to Ukraine help led lawmakers to exclude new support funding from a invoice handed over the weekend to avert a US authorities shutdown, and it’s unsure precisely how lengthy beforehand approved assist will final.

The approval of extra funding is additional difficult by unprecedented chaos within the US Home of Representatives, which eliminated its speaker — the chamber’s most senior official — this week.

The Pentagon says the federal government nonetheless has authority to withdraw $5.4 billion in gear for Ukraine from US navy shares however solely $1.6 billion in funding to switch the donated gear.

US officers have spearheaded the push for worldwide assist for Ukraine, rapidly forging a coalition to again Kyiv after Russia invaded final yr and coordinating support from dozens of nations.

Washington has dedicated greater than $43 billion in navy help to Ukraine since Moscow launched its full-scale invasion in February 2022 — greater than half of all worldwide safety support.