U.S. Military Assistance to Ukraine
U.S. Military Assistance to Ukraine-According to an exclusive report from Reuters on Tuesday, President Joe Biden is expected to announce an additional $750 million in U.S. Military Assistance to Ukraine to defend itself against Russia’s invasion.
This aid would be in addition to more than $1.7 billion in security assistance, with Biden’s official announcement concerning U.S. Military Assistance to Ukraine is expected to come as early as Wednesday.
Notably, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky released a video on Wednesday calling on Western nations to “arm Ukraine now” before Russia’s invasion becomes an “endless bloodbath.”
U.S. Military Assistance to Ukraine
Without additional weaponry, this war will become an endless bloodbath, spreading misery, suffering, and destruction. Mariupol, Bucha, Kramatorsk – the list will be continued. Nobody will stop Russia except Ukraine with Heavy Weapons. #ArmUkraineNow pic.twitter.com/miSOL5zvuA
— Володимир Зеленський (@ZelenskyyUa) April 13, 2022
“Without additional weaponry, this war will become an endless bloodbath, spreading misery, suffering, and destruction. Mariupol, Bucha, Kramatorsk – the list will be continued. Nobody will stop Russia except Ukraine with Heavy Weapons. #ArmUkraineNow,” the Twitter post read.
In the video, Zelensky stated in English, “Russia still has the capacity to attack and not only against Ukraine. Poland, Moldova, Romania, and the Baltic states will become the next targets if the freedom of Ukraine fails. The images of Bucha and Mariupol have demonstrated real Russia’s intentions to the whole world. It could only be stopped by force of arms. It must be done now. Ukraine needs weapon supplies. We need heavy artillery, armored vehicles, air defense systems, and combat aircrafts. Anything to repel Russian forces and stop their war crimes.”
Per the exclusive report from Reuters, “the equipment would be funded using Presidential Drawdown Authority, or PDA, in which the president can authorize the transfer of articles and services from U.S. stocks without congressional approval in response to an emergency.”
“One of the officials said final determinations were still being made about the mix of equipment,” it added.
Just last week State Antony Blinken announced that the U.S. would be providing Ukraine with an additional $100 million in military assistance. Marking that statement as the Department of Defense’s sixth mention of authorized spending for Ukrainian military aid since August.
“The world has been shocked and appalled by the atrocities committed by Russia’s forces in Bucha and across Ukraine. Ukraine’s forces bravely continue to defend their country and their freedom, and the United States, along with our Allies and partners, stand steadfast in support of Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity,” Blinken said.
“I have authorized, pursuant to a delegation from the President earlier today, the immediate drawdown of security assistance valued at up to $100 million to meet Ukraine’s urgent need for additional anti-armor systems. This authorization is the sixth drawdown of arms, equipment, and supplies from Department of Defense inventories for Ukraine since August 2021,” the statement continued.
This expected move indicates a significant escalation on the part of the Biden Administration, and will likely further inflame tensions with Moscow.
Biden is expected to meet with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy later this month on the margins of a virtual NATO summit, where Ukraine is set to formally join the alliance’s “Partnership for Peace” program.
The new security assistance would come as Ukraine prepares to mark the seventh anniversary of Russia’s annexation of Crimea on March 18 – an event that saw Moscow seize control of the peninsula amid protests in Kiev against then President Viktor Yanukovych.
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