In what he has defined as “a critical window” of the war in Ukraine, in which Russian troops are “setting the stage for a new stage” of the conflict that will focus on the region of the Donbas and the East, The president of United States, Joe Biden, announced this Thursday the shipment of other $800 million in military assistance to Ukraine, a package that will include heavy weaponry72 howitzers howitzer and as many other tactical vehicles to carry them, 144,000 rounds of ammunition and 121 tactical drones.
“The offensive Russia is going to be more limited in terms of geography but not of brutality“, Biden assured at the White House, who has also announced the delivery of $500 million in direct financial assistance to kyiv, a veto of ports and coasts americans from boats sail low russian flag or are owned or operated by Russian “interests” and a Program to facilitate and accelerate the arrival in the United States of refugees from Ukraine.
The latest military aid package comes a week after another $800 million package was announced, and Biden has reviewed the equipment that has been sent to Ukraine since the conflict began, an inventory that includes artillery systems, helicopters anti-missile, machine guns, grenade launcher, rifles, radars and more than 50 million rounds of ammunition.
unit with allies
In addition, as the president has recalled, the US is also facilitating the arrival in Ukraine of weapons and systems that other allies are providing. “We will not always be able to publicize everything that we and our partners are doing to support Ukraine,” said Biden, who has “updated” a famous quote from teddy roosevelt and said: “speak softly and carry a javelin“, exchanging the “big stick” that the 26th US president spoke of for the anti-tank missiles that Washington is also sending to Ukraine.
“We don’t know how long this war will last,” said the president, who also stressed that now “the most important thing is keep unity” among allies to continue supporting Ukraine in the face of Russian aggression.
More funds and refugees
In his appearance before the press, Biden has also explained that with these latest shipments the funds are exhausted and has announced that next week ask Congress for an additional budget to maintain the aid line to Ukraine. Since the conflict began, the US has given $3.4 billion in military assistance to the Government of Volodymyr Zelensky1,600 of them in the last two weeks.
In addition, Biden has outlined the program to host refugees, baptized “Uniting for Ukraine”, of which Administration sources have given more details. According to that program, citizens or NGOs Americans may sponsor to Ukrainian individuals or families who are in Europe to settle in the US and, once the controls and procedures have been passed, they may spend two years in the country.
When the program takes effect, by which it is estimated that Biden will cover his promise to host 100,000 refugees Ukrainians, those who have so far sought entry through the southern border will no longer be accepted. From that moment on, and like the rest of those who try to enter for Mexicothe Ukrainians will be expelled by appealing to the Title 42a controversial measure implemented by donald trump that has been rejecting immigrants arguing the health emergency due to the coronavirus and that the Biden Administration has maintained.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.