Biden Orders $350 Million In Military Aid To Be Released To Ukraine

President Joe Biden has ordered $350 million in military aid released to Ukraine as Russia's invasion of the eastern European country continues
President Joe Biden (photo: White House/Public Domain)

President Biden has instructed Secretary of State Antony Blinken to release an additional $350 million for military aid for Ukraine as the invasion by Russia continues.

From The Hill:

Biden ordered for the money to be allocated from the Foreign Assistance Act “in defense articles and services of the Department of Defense, and military education and training, and to make the determinations required under such section to direct such a drawdown.”

Secretary of State Antony Blinken said in a statement on Saturday that it represented the country’s third drawdown of money to Ukraine in the last year, totaling more than $1 billion.

The development comes as Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky confirmed in a video message on Saturday that Kyiv was still under Ukrainian control despite Russian troops entering the city yesterday, CNN reported.

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Also, three NATO members have announced they would send reinforcements to assist Ukraine in its battle against Russia.

The Czech Republic has committed to send a “shipment of weapons to Ukraine” worth over $8.5 million. The Netherlands and Portugal also announced they would be sending additional firepower.