President Joe Biden is moving forward with his plans to send additional resources to Ukraine as it fends off Russian troops. On Thursday, the President authorized a $100 million package that would send weapons and other military equipment to Ukraine.
“These weapons and equipment will go directly to the front lines of freedom in Ukraine, and reiterate our strong support for the brave people of Ukraine as they defend their country against Russia’s ongoing aggression,” Biden said, according to The Hill.
After the move was made, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken informed the American public that many of the weapons included in the package will come from the Pentagon’s existing inventories.
“For nearly 12 weeks, Russia has waged its unprovoked and brutal war against Ukraine, its sovereignty, its territorial integrity, and its people. Beaten back from its failed attempt to seize Kyiv, Russia continues a grinding offensive across Ukraine’s south and east. Ukraine’s courageous defense forces remain firmly in the fight,” Blinken said.
“The United States, as well as more than 40 Allies and partner countries, are working around the clock to expedite shipments of arms and equipment essential to Ukraine’s defense.”
In addition, the U.S. Senate has signed off on a $40 billion package that will provide additional aid for Ukraine in the weeks and months to come. Of the large scale package, $9 billion will be used to replenish the weapons that are being sent to Ukraine. Meanwhile, additional funds will be allocated as the war develops.