Biden announces additional $800 million weapons package and $500 million in ‘direct economic aid’ to Ukraine

President Joe Biden said on Thursday that the United States would send an additional $800 million in defense aid and $500 million in “direct economic assistance” to Ukraine and put in place a new program to accelerate the Entry of Ukrainian Refugees into the United States.

Mr Biden said the latest aid packages brought the total amount sent to Kyiv this month to more than $1 billion, and credited defense aid provided by the United States and the EU for assisting Ukrainian forces in repelling the Russian invasion over the past two months.

“It’s money the government can help us stabilize their economy, support communities that have been devastated by the Russian onslaught, and pay the brave workers who continue to provide essential services to the Ukrainian people,” did he declare.

“Every American taxpayer, every member of our armed forces can be proud of the fact that the generosity of our country and the skill and service of our military have helped to… repel Russian aggression in Ukraine, to repel the savagery of Putin…and to annihilate the Ukrainian government,” Biden continued, calling the “battle of kyiv” a “historic victory for Ukrainians” won with “unprecedented help from the United States and our allies and our partners “.

“We must now accelerate this assistance program to help prepare Ukraine for the Russian offensive which will be more limited in terms of geography, but not in terms of brutality,” he said.

Mr Biden said US aid would be sent “directly” to what he described as “the front lines of freedom” – to be put into the hands of “fearless and skilled Ukrainian fighters” who “are stand in the breach” against Mr. Putin’s forces.

But the president has warned that his authority to direct arms and aid to Ukrainian forces is quickly hitting the upper limits of the appropriations bill he signed into law last month.

He said he will ask Congress to approve a supplementary budget request he will send “to keep arms and ammunition flowing uninterrupted.”

“I expect Congress to move and act quickly,” he said.

Additionally, Mr. Biden announced that the United States will introduce a new “humanitarian parole” program to complement “existing legal pathways” for Ukrainian refugees, allowing refugees to come directly from Europe to the United States. States and avoid having to present themselves for asylum in the United States-Mexico. border, and said he was signing an order banning Russian-affiliated vessels from US ports.

“No vessel that sails under the Russian flag, or that is owned or operated by Russian interests will be allowed to dock in a US port or access our shores – none,” he said, adding that the ban was “another critical step”. taken “in concert” with US allies in the UK, Canada and the EU “to deprive Russia of the benefits of the international economic system from which it has enjoyed so much in the past”.

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