Biden Administration Throws Another $2.1 Billion to Ukraine…Zelensky Says ‘Thanks’ – Watch
The Biden administration announced on Wednesday that it would send an additional $2.1 billion in military aid to Ukraine, bringing the total amount of US assistance to Ukraine since the start of the Russian invasion is reported to be $75 billion since the start of the war.
The new package includes artillery, armored vehicles, ammunition, and other weapons and equipment. It also includes $800 million in humanitarian assistance to help Ukraine with food, water, shelter, and medical care.
President Biden said that the new aid package is a sign of the United States’ “unwavering support” for Ukraine.
“The United States is committed to providing Ukraine with the capabilities it needs to defend itself against Russia’s unprovoked and unjustified war,” Biden said in a statement. “This new package of assistance will help Ukraine continue to resist Russian aggression and bolster its defenses as it defends its democracy and its people.”
The announcement of the new aid package comes as Russia intensifies its offensive in eastern Ukraine. Ukrainian officials have said that they are facing a critical shortage of weapons and ammunition.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky gave this message:
“Thank you @POTUS for the $2.1 billion security assistance package. We appreciate the strong leadership support of [Ukrainian flag] in our fight against Russian aggression from the [American flag] people. Amid unprecedented [Russian flag] terror and ecocide due to the explosion of the Kakhovka HPP, this is more important than ever. Step by step we are getting closer to the liberation of [Ukrainian flag] land!”
The Dept. of State wrote: Pursuant to a delegation by the President, we have used the emergency Presidential Drawdown Authority on thirty-seven occasions since August 2021 to provide Ukraine approximately $21.1 billion in military assistance directly from DoD stockpiles.
The DoD describes the initiative as: The USAI is an authority under which the United States procures capabilities from industry or partners. This announcement represents the beginning of a contracting process to provide additional priority capabilities to Ukraine.
Breaking: Joe Biden announces yet another $2.1-billion military aid package for Ukraine, including "air defense and ammunition capabilities" for Patriot air defense systems. pic.twitter.com/s7MZ8ZXWzL
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