U.S. announces new round of aid to Ukraine

On Friday, the anniversary of Russian President Vladimir Putin's unprovoked attack in Ukraine, the U.S. announced fresh aid to Ukraine and sanctions against Russian corporations.

The announcement was made after President Joseph Biden's visit to Poland and an unexpected stop in Ukraine, where he strolled through Kyiv with President Volodymyr Zelenskyy. For about 90 minutes on Friday, Mr. Biden spoke via video with Zelenskyy, G7 members, and other supporters of Ukraine. During the meeting, all of the G7 leaders expressed their support for Ukraine.

To date, the U.S. has sent $75 billion to Ukraine to support Ukraine-focused activities.

According to the Kiel Institute for the World Economy, that includes:

● $4.7 billion in grants and loans for military equipment
● $23.5 billion in surplus military equipment made available by presidential drawdowns.
● $18.3 billion in security assistance for training, logistics support, and more
● $26.4 billion in budgetary aid for loans and other financial support
● $3.9 billion in humanitarian aid, including food and healthcare

Despite the protestations of many in Congress, all the money sent to Ukraine was authorized by Congress. As with any expenditures, the Executive Branch has no control over funds.

This latest round of aid fulfills President Joe Biden’s promise to stand by Ukraine as the small country combats the superior Russian military.

Many other countries have provided support to Ukraine at various levels, including supplying weapons and humanitarian aid.

Bob Peryea
National Correspondent
The Kentucky Daily

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