June 17, 2022

$1B More in US Aid Going to Ukraine

  • Executive

By: Konrad Holden 

In Brief: 
On Wednesday, President Joe Biden revealed that the US would be sending $1.2 billion more in military and humanitarian aid to Ukraine after the months-long invasion by Russia. $1 billion of the allotment is in the form of weaponry such as artillery, coastal defense weapons, ammunition, and advanced rocket systems. The eastern European country has survived the siege from Russia longer than many international leaders thought they would.

The Background: 
In late February, Russian President Vladimir Putin gave an address announcing that the Russian military had begun an invasion of their southwestern neighbor, Ukraine.

The invasion was met with international outcry. And then many countries began sending material support to the small nation

On Wednesday, President Biden announced $1.2 billion in additional aid.

To date, the US has sent $26.6 billion in military aid alone to Ukraine. “The security support from the United States is unprecedented. It brings us closer to a common victory over the Russian aggressor,” Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said.

$225 million of this round’s package is devoted to humanitarian needs such as safe drinking water, critical medical supplies, and food.

The Russian government has made it clear that it hopes to take control over at least the southern and eastern portions of its neighbor.

Notable Quotes: 

"We must intensify our shared commitment to Ukraine's self-defense, and we must push ourselves even harder to ensure that Ukraine can defend itself, its citizens, and its territory.” - Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin

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