Biden announces new $325 million security aid package for Ukraine
During a meeting at the White House, President Biden revealed a fresh military assistance package worth $325 million for Ukraine, alongside Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.
Mr. Biden stated that the package consists of various weapons and equipment such as air defense capabilities, anti-tank weapons, cluster munitions, and additional artillery to be used in the conflict with Russia. Additionally, funds will be allocated to enhance Ukraine’s infrastructure in preparation for the upcoming winter season.
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According to the Biden administration, the package consists of $128 million in fresh security aid for Ukraine, along with $197 million in arms and equipment from previously authorized drawdowns.
The White House has recently announced the fourth aid package to Ukraine, making it the latest in a series of assistance provided within the past six weeks. In response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine last year, the Biden administration has extended a total of $76 billion in humanitarian, financial, and military aid.
The package that was announced on Thursday is distinct from the $24 billion that the president is seeking Congress’ approval for, specifically intended for Ukraine. This request includes $13 billion allocated for military assistance.
Sitting across from his Ukrainian counterpart, Mr. Biden pledged that the U.S. will stand with the war-torn country no matter how long it takes.
“I affirm our support for Ukraine and remain committed to standing by your side, Mr. President,” stated Mr. Biden. “We are united with you and will remain steadfast in our support.”
Mr. Zelenskky expressed his appreciation for the newly provided assistance.
“I express my gratitude to the United States of America and the President for providing Ukraine with a robust defense package. I am truly appreciative. This package includes precisely what our soldiers required.”
Before the announcement, the two leaders convened in the Oval Office and had a brief interaction with the media.
Mr. Biden said no nation will be secure if the U.S. doesn’t help Ukraine defend itself against Russia, while Mr. Zelenskky hailed his “frank and constructive” dialogue with congressional leaders during a trip to the Capitol earlier Thursday.
The meeting was Mr. Zelenskyy’s second trip to Washington since Russia invaded Ukraine in February 2022. His visit on Thursday was much more muted than his November 2022 trip to the White House, in which he participated in a joint press conference with Mr. Biden.
Recent surveys indicate that most Americans are not in favor of allocating additional taxpayer funds to Ukraine.