Biden Adds All The Bells And Whistles To The Ukraine Aid Bill

By Eliana Regev | Monday, 23 May 2022 20:30
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The Biden Administration has announced $100 million in arms funding to Ukraine on top of the freshly passed $40 billion aid package.

On Thursday, the Senate enacted $40 billion in aid for Ukraine as the nation fights back against Russia’s invasion.

Just hours later, Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced that the United States would be giving an additional $100 million in arms.

In a statement, Blinken explained that Ukrainian forces have “remained firmly in the fight” against Russia but need aid, namely arms and other equipment.

“Pursuant to a delegation from the President,” Blinken said, “I am authorizing our tenth drawdown of additional arms and equipment for Ukraine’s defense from U.S. Department of Defense inventories, valued at up to $100 million.”

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“This brings total U.S. military assistance to Ukraine to approximately $3.9 billion in arms and equipment since Russia launched its brutal and unprovoked full-scale invasion of Ukraine on February 24.

“The United States is committed to helping Ukraine continue to meet its defense needs and build its future capabilities,” he continued, “as well as to bolster Allies and partners across NATO’s Eastern Flank and the broader region.”

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The increasing amount of money has been slammed by Republicans. However, only eleven voted against the recently passed $40 billion aid package.

For nearly 12 weeks, Russia has waged its unprovoked and brutal war against Ukraine, its sovereignty, its territorial integrity, and its people. Beaten back from its failed attempt to seize Kyiv, Russia continues a grinding offensive across Ukraine’s south and east. Ukraine’s courageous defense forces remain firmly in the fight. The United States, as well as more than 40 Allies and partner countries, are working around the clock to expedite shipments of arms and equipment essential to Ukraine’s defense.

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U.S. and international military aid continue to complement direct U.S. financial support to Ukraine, support for documenting evidence of Russia’s violence against the people of Ukraine, and efforts to continue ramping up the tension between Russia and its remaining enablers. These efforts maintain Ukraine’s standing at the negotiating table while isolating Russia from the world until it ends its senseless and brutal war of choice against Ukraine. The United States is dedicated to helping Ukraine continue to meet its defense needs and build its future capabilities, as well as bolster Allies and partners across NATO’s Eastern Flank and the broader region.

The United States, our allies, and our partners are keen to stand in solidarity with the people of Ukraine in their just cause: the defense of their country and their democracy. United with our Allies and partners, we will succeed, and a democratic, sovereign, and independent Ukraine shall prevail.

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