The US Department of Defense assured on Tuesday that new US military aid would be delivered to Ukraine’s armed forces “within days”.

Pentagon spokesman Pat Ryder said during a regular briefing of accredited reporters in Washington that he preferred not to go into details before the bill containing the required funding is approved by the Senate and signed by President Joe Biden.

He stressed, however, that the new aid will be “based on the most urgent needs” of Kyiv.

It will include “air defense capabilities” as well as “artillery ammunition,” he added.

“We are doing everything within our power (…) to be able to provide additional assistance to Ukraine as quickly as possible,” he insisted.

After months of political deadlock in the US Congress, the House of Representatives on Saturday overwhelmingly approved a $61 billion funding package to provide further US support to Ukraine, mostly military.

Approval of the bill by the Senate — considered certain — is expected within hours. President Biden has announced that he intends to ratify it immediately.