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Biden announces $1.2B in additional Ukraine aid

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President Biden on Wednesday introduced that one other $1.2 billion in safety and humanitarian help might be granted to Ukraine because the lethal struggle with Russia continues. 

Biden stated he knowledgeable Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky that $1 billion in defensive aid might be despatched in the type of artillery, coastal protection weapons, ammunition and superior rocket programs.

President Biden speaks about inflation and the economy in the South Court Auditorium on the White House campus May 10, 2022, in Washington. 

President Biden speaks about inflation and the economic system in the South Court Auditorium on the White House campus May 10, 2022, in Washington. 
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An additional $225 million of the funds might be despatched for humanitarian help to provide “safe drinking water, critical medical supplies and health care, food, shelter, and cash for families to purchase essential items,” the White House stated in a press release. 

The resolution to ship additional aid comes as Zelenskyy repeatedly urged Western nations to ship additional and well timed help as Russian forces advance throughout japanese Ukraine.

Though Moscow has made good points in the Donbas, it has additionally been unable to adequately replenish its troops’ offensive wants and Russia’s troopers have begun to depend on dated munitions and artillery. 

Over 50 nations plus NATO and European Union officers met at NATO headquarters in Brussels Wednesday for the Ukraine Defense Contact Group meeting.

Collectively they mentioned what Ukraine must counter Russia’s continued offenses. 

 “We can’t afford to let up and we can’t lose steam. The stakes are too high,” Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin stated in the course of the group’s third meeting since its institution in April.  “Ukraine is facing a pivotal moment on the battlefield.”

Austin pointed to Zelenskyy’s earlier warnings that after Russia did not take the capital metropolis of Kyiv earlier this year Moscow would set its sights on the Donbas.

A Ukrainian multiple rocket launcher BM-21

A Ukrainian a number of rocket launcher BM-21 “Grad” shells a Russian troop position close to Luhansk in the Donbas area on Sunday.
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Kremlin officers have since confirmed their army ambitions in Ukraine are to take management over the japanese and southern areas.

But Ukrainian officers have additionally warned they imagine Russia will take one other stab at Kyiv and doubtlessly transfer past Ukrainian borders. 

“We must intensify our shared commitment to Ukraine’s self-defense, and we must push ourselves even harder to ensure that Ukraine can defend itself, its citizens and its territory,” Austin informed world leaders.  “But make no mistake, Russia’s unprovoked and indefensible invasion isn’t just a danger to Ukraine. It’s a menace to European security, and it’s an affront to the rules-based international order that protects us all.”

Austin stated the U.S. had already offered Howitzers, Javelins, ammunition, helicopters, counter artillery radars, tactical automobiles and digital jamming tools. 

“Along with our partners, we’re also training Ukrainian forces on new capabilities, and we’re committed to doing even more,” he added. 

A Ukrainian service member shows a kindergarten damaged by a military strike, as Russia's attack on Ukraine continues, in Sievierodonetsk, Luhansk region, Ukraine April 16, 2022.  

A Ukrainian service member reveals a kindergarten broken by a army strike, as Russia’s assault on Ukraine continues, in Sievierodonetsk, Luhansk area, Ukraine April 16, 2022.  
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The protection secretary stated that 45 nations throughout the globe had offered help to Ukraine following Russia’s invasion almost 4 months in the past. 

“That’s a reflection of the global outrage over Russia’s unprovoked aggression,” he added. 

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