The Biden administration confirmed on Tuesday that it would send an additional $625 million in direct military assistance to Ukraine to help secure its borders. Advanced HIMAR rocket systems, 155mm howitzers, armored vehicles and ammunition top the list deemed essential to defending Kyiv against Russian invasion.
The aid comes as Americans continue to suffer from domestic challenges presented by food shortages, inflation, gasoline prices and a porous southern border flooding the country with nearly five million illegal immigrants.
The United States has now committed more than $17.5 billion in security assistance to Ukraine, the vast majority of which followed the Russian invasion on Feb. 24, according to a Defense Department fact sheet.
Most equipment shipped to Ukraine comes from US military reserves.
As working-class Americans struggle to afford groceries, gas, and even find formula to feed their children, Joe Biden sent $40,000,000,000.00 that the United States didn’t have not to Ukraine. https://t.co/ugwxKxBpDe
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President Joe Biden and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky discussed the latest offer in a phone call that detailed high-mobility artillery rocket systems, armored vehicles and munitions, among other lethal equipment, reports the UPI.
Biden promised Zelensky that the United States “will continue to support Ukraine as it defends itself from Russian aggression for as long as it takes,” according to a reading of the White House conversation.
Deputy Undersecretary of Defense Laura Cooper told reporters at a press conference that the package for Kyiv will be drawn from U.S. stockpiles, “tailored to meet Ukraine’s immediate needs,” including for ” maintain the momentum to the east and south”.
Included in the package are four ultra-mobile HIMAR rocket systems meant to bring the total number the Biden administration has allocated to Ukraine from its stockpile to 20. Washington, DC has also committed 18 additional systems that will come directly from manufacturing when built.
Allies have also provided Ukraine with 10 systems with more to come, US officials said.
Tuesday’s package includes 16 155mm howitzers, 200 MAXXPro mine-resistant ambush protected vehicles, Claymore anti-personnel ammunition and hundreds of thousands of rounds of various sizes.
Zelensky on Tuesday tweeted his thanks for what he described as “substantial support” to Ukraine.
Biden wants to spend an additional $13.7 billion in aid to Ukraine as his huge slush fund already approved by Congress earlier this year runs out. https://t.co/crsgFPEbon
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“Our victories in the ongoing defense operation are a joint success of [Ukraine], [The United States] and the entire free world,” he said.
As Breitbart News reported, as the Biden administration strives to help Ukraine, voters back home are more concerned about the immediate issues affecting their lives.
Record gasoline prices, an economic recession and skyrocketing crime are the top three issues for voters heading into November’s midterm elections, according to a Rasmussen Reports poll found last month.
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