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Joe Biden hails Ukraine’s resolve, announces nearly $3B in military support on independence day

U.S. President Biden marked Ukraine’s independence day Wednesday by hailing its resolve after six months of “relentless” assaults by Russian forces and stated the Eastern European nation will likely be sovereign and affluent for many years to come back.

Mr. Biden introduced nearly $3 billion in weapons and tools support for Ukraine forward of festivities commemorating Ukraine’s declaration of independence on Aug. 24, 1991, following the dissolution of the Soviet Union.

The money will assist Ukraine improve its air protection towards forces led by Russian President Vladimir Putin, who invaded in late February after feedback that appeared to disclaim Ukraine’s proper to statehood.

“Ukrainians have inspired the world with their extraordinary courage and dedication to freedom. They have stood resolute and strong in the face of Russia’s full scale invasion of Ukraine,” Mr. Biden stated. “And today is not only a celebration of the past, but a resounding affirmation that Ukraine proudly remains – and will remain – a sovereign and independent nation.”

Russian forces failed in their early bid to take the capital, Kyiv, although there have been months of grueling preventing for territory in the japanese Donbas area. Cities have been decimated and casualties on either side are mounting.

“I know this independence day is bittersweet for many Ukrainians as thousands have been killed or wounded, millions have been displaced from their homes, and so many others have fallen victim to Russian atrocities and attacks. But six months of relentless attacks have only strengthened Ukrainians’ pride in themselves, in their country, and in their thirty-one years of independence,” Mr. Biden stated. “The United States, including proud Ukrainian-Americans, looks forward to continuing to celebrate Ukraine as a democratic, independent, sovereign and prosperous state for decades to come.”


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Countries around the globe are rallying round Ukraine on its particular day.

In the U.Ok., the Scots Guard Band performed Ukraine’s successful entry in the Eurovision contest, “Stefania,” on Horse Guards Parade, whereas departing Prime Minister Boris Johnson stated in a video message: “For however long it takes, the United Kingdom will stand with you.”

Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin posted an image of herself with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

“You are brave and unyielding. We stand with you,” wrote Ms. Marin, whose nation moved to hitch NATO after the invasion. “We won’t look away. We won’t forget Ukraine and its people. Slava Ukraini!”

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