It has been announced by the United States government that it would be sending yet another round of foreign aid totaling to roughly $270 million to Ukraine this past Friday in order to assist the war-torn country push back against Russian President Vladimir Putin.
This past Friday, an announcement from the Department of Defense stated that those within the Biden administration have sent Ukraine roughly $8.2 billion in aid since he first took office, which includes the $7.3 billion since Russia launched its full-scale invasion of Ukraine near the end of February.
“Today, the Department of Defense (DoD) announced $270 million in additional security assistance for Ukraine,” the DOD explained in its press release. “This includes President Biden’s announcement of a Presidential Drawdown of security assistance valued at up to $175 million, as well as $95 million in Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative (USAI) funds.”
It was explained in the press release that the Presidential Drawdown is the “sixteenth such drawdown of equipment from DoD inventories for Ukraine that the Biden Administration has authorized since August 2021.”
As reported by officials within the Pentagon, Ukraine will be issued a total of four additional high mobility artillery rocket systems and additional ammunition for HIMARS, four command post vehicles, 36,000 rounds of 105mm ammunition, additional anti-armor weapons, spare parts, and other equipment, as well as 80 Phoenix Ghost tactical unmanned aerial systems.
This most recent aid just 10 days in the wake of the U.S. government, along with the World Bank, announcing that they would be sending a combined $1.7 billion in additional assistance to the government of Ukraine in an attempt to help health care workers all over the war-ravaged nation.
Back on the 12th of July, the Associated Press issued a report that the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) announced that the funds were being set aside to assist in the stopping of this “brutal war of aggression” from the Russian President Vladimir Putin.
USAID has, as of writing, sent over roughly $4 billion in financial support to Ukraine.
Samantha Power, an administrator with USAID, stated to the AP that while Putin’s “assault on Ukraine’s public services continues, the United States is rushing in with financial support to help the government keep the lights on, provide essential services to innocent citizens and pay the health care workers who are providing lifesaving support on the frontlines.”
Biden has consistently stated that the U.S. will continue to help Ukraine via various measures in an effort to defeat Russia.
“We are going to support Ukraine as long as it takes,” Biden exclaimed to the gathered media when questioned about the future of the United States’ overall commitment to Ukraine this past June.
“They’ve had to renege on their national debt for the first time since the beginning, in almost well over a hundred years. They’ve lost 15 years of the gains they’ve made in terms of their economy,” stated Biden when speaking about Russia. “They’re going to have trouble maintaining oil production because they don’t have the technology to do it. They need American technology. They’re also in a similar satiation in terms of their weapons systems and some of their military systems. So they’re paying a very, very heavy price for this.”
“I don’t know how it’s going to end but it will not end, but it will not end with a Russian defeat of Ukraine in Ukraine,” stated Biden.
The president has also made the claim that the American public should expect to pay high gas prices until Russia is taken down.