Biden Announces Additional $800 Million In Aid To Ukraine

President Biden announces additional military aid to Ukraine
President Joe Biden (screen capture)

President Biden announced Wednesday an additional $800 million in U.S. military aid to be sent to Ukraine to help the country defend against the ongoing invasion by Russia.

In February, Biden ordered $350 million in aid be released to Ukraine.

The announcement came just hours after Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky delivered an emotional address to Congress pleading for more assistance.

According to a White House fact sheet, the equipment to be sent to the Ukrainian military will include:

• 800 Stinger anti-aircraft systems
• 2,000 Javelin anti-armor missiles
• 1,000 light anti-armor weapons
• 6,000 AT-4 anti-armor systems
• 100 Tactical Unmanned Aerial Systems (armed drones)
• 7,000 small arms for both military and civilian use (100 grenade launchers, 5,000 rifles, 1,000 pistols, 400 machine guns and 400 shotguns)
• Over 20 million rounds of ammunition
• 25,000 sets of body armor
• 25,000 helmets

“We’re going to give Ukraine the arms to fight and defend themselves through all the difficult days ahead,” Biden said in his announcement.

“I want to thank President Zelensky for his passionate message this morning,” Biden added. “I listened to it in the private residence. He was convincing and [it was] a significant speech.”

“The American people are answering President Zelenskyy’s call for more help, more weapons for Ukraine to defend itself, more tools to fight Russian aggression. And that’s what we’re doing.”