On Saturday, US President Joe Biden authorised an additional USD 200 million in weapons and other assistance for Ukraine, the White House said, as Ukraine reported heavy shelling by Russian forces were endangering attempted evacuations of civilians.
US financial aid
The decision brings the total value of US security aid provided to Ukraine to USD 1.2 billion since January 2021, and to USD 3.2 billion since 2014, when Russia annexed Crimea, according to senior administration officials.
Biden issued a memorandum on the provision of military assistance to #Ukraine in the amount of up to $200 million. pic.twitter.com/j7jyWmYw8v
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The funds can be used for weapons and other defence articles from the Defense Department’s stock, as well as military education and training to help Ukraine against invading Russian forces.
Ukraine has been asking for more Javelin anti-tank weapons and Stinger missiles to shoot down aircraft.
On Saturday, Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba emphasised Ukraine’s need for additional military supplies in an interview with the non-profit Renew Democracy Initiative.
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The last batch of weapons provided by the US in February included anti-armour, small arms, body armour and various munitions in support of Ukraine’s front-line defenders, according to the Pentagon, as well as anti-aircraft systems.
On Thursday night, the US Congress approved USD 13.6 billion in emergency aid for Ukraine as part of a USD 1.5 trillion measure to fund the US government through September.