Biden announces military aid for Ukraine: US $ 1,000 million, drones and other weapons

Biden announces military aid for Ukraine: US $ 1,000 million, drones and other weapons

The president of United States, Joe Biden announced on Wednesday a new military aid package to Ukraine valued at $1 billion. He confirmed the shipment of US drones and assured that he will help that country to acquire “greater range” anti-aircraft systems to defend itself from Russian bombing.

Biden made the announcement in a White House speech, announcing an additional $800 million in assistance to Ukraineafter the Ukrainian president, Volodymyr Zelensky, clamored before the US Congress for a no-fly zone over his country.

Since Biden arrived at the White House in January 2021, the United States has donated $2 billion in military and humanitarian aid to Ukraine.

Biden’s announcement comes on the same day that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky gave a virtual speech before both houses of the US Congress, the second time he has addressed US lawmakers in less of one month.

The US military has already supplied Ukraine with some 600 Stinger missiles and some 2,600 Javelin missiles.

United States has those missiles in Europe and, in recent days, has been sending them to Ukraine by land from the neighboring countries of Poland and Romania.

According to The Wall Street Journal, the money to finance this new aid package is included in the spending package that Biden signed on Tuesday and that includes 13.6 billion dollars in humanitarian and military aid for Ukraine and Eastern Europe, to after the Russian invasion.

Russia began its invasion of Ukraine on February 24 and began bombing major cities, causing more than three million refugees, according to the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

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