The Secretary of State announced that he would provide $2.5 billion in additional military aid to Ukraine
President Joe Biden’s Secretary of State Anthony Blinken announced Thursday an additional $2.5 billion in military aid to Ukraine, saying the United States “remains united with Ukraine in the interim.”
The latest aid package comes after Congress gave $45 billion to Ukraine as part of the massive $1.7 trillion spending bill signed into law by Biden last month. , bringing the total amount of US aid to Ukraine to over $110 billion.
Interestingly, the $45 billion provided by Congress was $8 billion more than the $37 billion requested by the Biden administration.
“As part of the authorized delegation of the President, I will allow the 30th withdrawal of US weapons and equipment from Ukraine from August 2021,” Blinken said in a press release.
This assistance program will provide Ukraine with hundreds of additional armored personnel carriers, including Stryker armored personnel carriers, Bradley infantry fighting vehicles, ambush protected vehicles, and high-performance multi-purpose wheeled vehicles. mobility. The package also includes significant additional air defense support for Ukraine, including Avenger air defense systems and surface-to-air missiles, as well as additional NASAMS munitions previously provided by the United States. The package also includes night vision devices, firearms ammunition and other items intended to support Ukraine as it valiantly defends its people, sovereignty and territorial integrity.
Blinken added that the U.S. “continues to extend the world’s support to Ukraine” and praised the “tremendous solidarity of our allies and partners” in helping Ukraine.
Blinken also said the Biden administration plans to “stand together” with Ukraine “as long as necessary.”
“Only Russia can end this war today,” said Blinken. “Until then, we will remain united with Ukraine for as long as it takes.”
Recently, Republican lawmakers Sen. J.D. Vance (R-OH) and Rep. Dan Bishop (R-NC) led a letter to the Biden administration demanding “full cross-sectional reporting” of all “government spending.” From February 24, 2022, Ukraine and the scope of the US government for “countries affected by the situation in Ukraine”.
“The four supplemental spending bills in Ukraine passed since the escalation of the Ukraine/Russia conflict in February 2022 together represent the fourth discretionary appropriations bill,” the lawmakers wrote. “Furthermore, several reports from DOD inspectors general have raised questions about DOD’s budget execution practices with respect to these funds.”
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