US allocates $800M in additional security assistance to Ukraine
US President Joe Biden’s administration has approved an additional package of security assistance to Ukraine worth $800 million to strengthen the country’s capabilities to defend itself against Russian aggression. Biden said this in the statement after his call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.
The new package of assistance “will contain many of the highly effective weapons systems we have already provided and new capabilities tailored to the wider assault we expect Russia to launch in eastern Ukraine. These new capabilities include artillery systems, artillery rounds, and armored personnel carriers. I have also approved the transfer of additional helicopters. In addition, we continue to facilitate the transfer of significant capabilities from our Allies and partners around the world,” Biden said.
He stressed that the steady supply of weapons the United States and its Allies and partners have provided to Ukraine had been critical in sustaining its fight against the Russian invasion, and it helped to ensure that Putin failed in his initial war aims to conquer and control Ukraine.