Biden announces $800 million in additional military aid to Ukraine

US President Joe Biden on Wednesday announced $800 million in new military aid to Ukraine, bringing the total US aid to the country over the past week to $1 billion.

Announced after Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s virtual speech to the US Congress, this new aid is specifically designed to counter Russian aircraft with 800 anti-aircraft systems, 9,000 anti-armor systems, 7,000 small arms such as machine guns and shotguns, as well as Will provide together. 20 million rounds, including artillery and mortars.

“I want to be honest with you: this fight may be long and difficult, but the American people will stand firmly with the people of Ukraine against Putin’s immoral and immoral attacks,” Biden said in a speech. white House.

The $800 million in security aid spending comes from legislation the president signed into law on Tuesday, including $13.6 billion in total new aid to Ukraine.

The Biden administration will work to get those millions of dollars in new aid to Ukraine as quickly as possible, with the president noting Tuesday that it was becoming “extremely difficult” to get supplies to Ukraine, although it is still possible to do so. Speaking to congressmen, Zelensky urged the United States to shut down Ukraine’s airspace, with lawmakers on both sides opposing it, saying it could provoke a direct confrontation between NATO and Russia.

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