Tuesday, September 27, 2022

US approves $40 billion help for Ukraine

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U.S. House of Representatives approved more than 40 billion dollars more aid for Ukraine.

President Joe Biden had asked Congress to approve an additional 33 billion dollars in aid for Ukraine two weeks ago, but lawmakers decided to increase the military and humanitarian funding.

The package includes $6 billion for security assistance, including training, equipment, weapons and support; $8.7 billion to replenish stocks of U.S. equipment sent to Ukraine, and $3.9 billion for European Command operations.

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In addition, the legislation authorizes a further $11 billion in Presidential Drawdown Authority, which allows the president to authorize the transfer of articles and services from U.S. stocks without congressional approval in response to an emergency. Biden had asked for $5 billion.

It also authorizes $4 billion in Foreign Military Financing to provide support for Ukraine and other countries affected by the crisis.

The United States has rushed more than $3.5 billion worth of armaments to Ukraine since Russia invaded, including howitzers, anti-aircraft Stinger systems, anti-tank Javelin missiles, ammunition and recently-disclosed “Ghost” drones.

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