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US president signs bill streamlining military aid for Ukraine

On Monday, US President Joe Biden signed into law the Ukraine Democracy Defence Lend-Lease Act of 2022, a measure designed to make it easier for the US to send weapons and supplies to Ukraine, as the Eastern European country is fighting off a Russian invasion.

“I am signing a bill that provides another important tool that directly supports the government of Ukraine and the Ukrainian people and their fight to defend their country and their democracy against Putin’s brutal war,” President Biden said from the Oval Office.

The act authorises the administration, through the fiscal year 2023, to lend or lease military equipment to Ukraine and other Eastern European countries.

“The cost of the fight is not cheap, but caving to aggression is even more costly,” the US president added.

As stated by the US Department of Defence “the act would exempt the administration from certain provisions of law that govern the loan or lease of military equipment to foreign countries, such as the five-year limit on the duration of the loan or the requirement that receiving countries pay all costs incurred by the United States in leasing the defence equipment.”

However, any loan or lease of military equipment to Ukraine would still be subject to all applicable laws concerning the return of such equipment.

Meanwhile, US congressional Democrats agreed to rush USD 39.8 billion in additional aid for Ukraine, two sources familiar with the proposal said on Monday, easing fears a delayed vote could interrupt the flow of US weapons to the Kyiv government.

The House of Representatives could pass the plan, which exceeds President Joe Biden’s request last month for USD 33 billion, as soon as Tuesday, and Senate leaders said they were also prepared to move quickly.

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