Biden commits additional $700 million to Ukrain, Blinken says months of fighting left
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WASHINGTON D.C. – President Joe Biden has committed an additional $700 million of security assistance to Ukraine. The President has now committed over $4.6 billion in assistance since the beginning of the war and $5.3 billion since Biden took office.
“Today, I am announcing a significant new security assistance package to provide timely and critical aid to the Ukrainian military. Thanks to the additional funding for Ukraine, passed with overwhelmingly bipartisan support in the U.S. Congress, the United States will be able to keep providing Ukraine with more of the weapons that they are using so effectively to repel Russian attacks. This new package will arm them with new capabilities and advanced weaponry, including HIMARS with battlefield munitions, to defend their territory from Russian advances. We will continue to lead the world in providing historic assistance to support Ukraine’s fight for freedom.”
Just two weeks have passed since the United States Senate approved a massive $40 billion dollar bill Ukraine aid package in an 86 to 11 vote.
The bill includes a huge one-time payment of military and security assistance, along with funding for mounting economic and humanitarian needs. The latest legislation comes in addition to the $13.6 billion in emergency assistance for Ukraine that Congress approved in March.
Long story short, our government is sending funds utilizing several different methods and so often that the totals are getting lost in translation.
How much longer are we going to have to pay assistance to Ukraine in their fight against Russia?
In an address on Wednesday, Secretary of State Anthony Blinken stated that
“Well, we can’t predict how this is going to play out when this is going to play out. As best we can assess right now we are still looking at many months of conflict. Again, that could be over tomorrow, if Russia chose to end the aggression. We don’t see any signs of that right now.”
Blinken added, “But it’s a moving picture, as the secretary-general said, that’s by definition, what wars are. And I’ll just repeat what I said. As long as this goes we want to make sure that Ukraine has in hand what it needs to defend itself and we want to make sure that Russia is feeling strong pressure from as many countries as possible to end the aggression. That’s the best way, we think, to bring the aggression to close as soon as possible to end the war, to get to diplomacy, and to stop the suffering.”
The State Department added in a fact sheet:
On June 1, the Department of Defense (DoD) announced the authorization of a Presidential Drawdown of security assistance valued at up to $700 million, tailored to meet critical Ukrainian needs for today’s fight. This authorization is the eleventh drawdown of equipment from DoD inventories for Ukraine since August 2021.
United States security assistance committed to Ukraine includes:
- Over 1,400 Stinger anti-aircraft systems;
- Over 6,500 Javelin anti-armor systems;
- Over 20,000 other anti-armor systems;
- Over 700 Switchblade Tactical Unmanned Aerial Systems;
- 108 155mm Howitzers and over 220,000 155mm artillery rounds;
- 90 Tactical Vehicles to tow 155mm Howitzers;
- 15 Tactical Vehicles to recover equipment;
- High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems and ammunition;
- 20 Mi-17 helicopters;
- Hundreds of Armored High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicles;
- 200 M113 Armored Personnel Carriers;
- Over 7,000 small arms;
- Over 50,000,000 rounds of small arms ammunition;
- 75,000 sets of body armor and helmets;
- 121 Phoenix Ghost Tactical Unmanned Aerial Systems;
- Laser-guided rocket systems;
- Puma Unmanned Aerial Systems;
- Unmanned Coastal Defense Vessels;
- 22 counter-artillery radars;
- Four counter-mortar radars;
- Four air surveillance radars;
- M18A1 Claymore anti-personnel munitions;
- C-4 explosives and demolition equipment for obstacle clearing;
- Tactical secure communications systems;
- Night vision devices, thermal imagery systems, optics, and laser rangefinders;
- Commercial satellite imagery services;
- Explosive ordnance disposal protective gear;
- Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear protective equipment;
- Medical supplies to include first aid kits;
- Electronic jamming equipment;
- Field equipment and spare parts.
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