This past Monday, the Biden administration stated in different announcements that it would be sending a total of $5.5 billion more in combined military weaponry and foreign aid over to the war-ravaged country of Ukraine as it continues to battle Russia and its invasion.
As part of a Monday announcement, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) stated that it planned to send out another $4.5 billion worth of taxpayer funds to the Eastern European nation in an effort to help the Ukrainian government continue its standard function and to help it provide various social services for all of its people. Directly in the wake of the announcement, the Pentagon spoke up to say that it would be adding an additional $1 billion by way of “security assistance” to the country.
In a recent report, Reuters claimed that USAID would start off by sending over a $3 billion payout to the country at some point in August. With the most recent announcement, USAID has now handed over a grand total of $8.5 billion taxpayer dollars to Ukraine in the wake of the Russian full-scale invasion that kicked off in February.
“The United States remains committed to supporting Ukraine and its people in the wake of Russia’s unprovoked and unjustified war,” stated USAID in a release that was given to Reuters.
This past Monday, officials with the Department of Defense (DOD) claimed that Old Uncle Joe had declared the “authorization of a Presidential Drawdown of security assistance valued at up to $1 billion to meet Ukraine’s critical security and defense needs.”
“It is the largest single drawdown of U.S. arms and equipment utilizing this authority, and this package provides a significant amount of additional ammunition, weapons, and equipment – the types of which the Ukrainian people are using so effectively to defend their country,” stated the DOD.
Overall, the Biden administration has handed over roughly $9.8 billion in military support to Ukraine ever since Biden took office, as reported by the Pentagon.
Last Monday, officials within the Biden administration officially announced that it was sending another batch of support to the tune of $550 million over to Ukraine.
Samantha Power, an administrator for USAID, has previously stated that while Russian President Vladimir 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 long held the ideal that the U.S. will continue down its current path in supporting Ukraine via various measures indefinitely to help defeat Russia.
“We are going to support Ukraine as long as it takes,” exclaimed Biden.