Biden Announces $1 Billion In Ukraine Military Aid

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Update: March 16, 2022 10:45am

President Joe Biden announced an additional $800 million in security aid for Ukraine following Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s address to Congress.

Now totaling $1 billion in aid, Biden warned “this could be a long and difficult battle” for Ukraine in their war against Russia.

“We’re going to give Ukraine the arms to fight and defend themselves through all the difficult days ahead. We’re going to continue to mobilize humanitarian relief to support people within Ukraine and those forced to flee Ukraine,” Biden said.

Biden vowed this will not be the last step in supporting Ukraine.

“We will support Ukraine’s economy with direct financial assistance. Together with our allies and partners, we will keep up the pressure in Putin’s crumbling economy, isolating him on the global stage. That’s our goal. Make Putin pay the price, weaken his position while strengthening the hand of the Ukrainians on the battlefield and at the negotiating table,” Biden continued.

President Biden is expected to announce more than $1 billion in military aid to Ukraine, according to the Wall Street Journal.

The money will come from a larger $13.6 billion aid package that was passed by Congress.

The U.S. will be providing anti-armor and anti-air systems that the U.S. says Ukraine needs as Russia intensifies its attacks.

Biden reportedly could announce the military aid as soon as today (Wednesday), the same day Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy is set to deliver a virtual address to Congress.

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