This assistance demonstrates yet again our unwavering commitment to Ukraine’s future as a democratic, sovereign, and independent state, as well as the security of allies and partners across the region.The U.S. State Department announcing over $2 billion in long-term military aid for Ukraine and other European countries that are “at risk for future Russian aggression.”
Why It Matters: U.S. Sec. of State Antony Blinken is on an unscheduled visit to Ukraine today. He announced a major military financing package for Ukraine and 18 neighboring countries; the package still needs congressional approval but is expected to pass.
- The purpose of the new package is to help impacted countries “deter and defend against emergent threats to their sovereignty and territorial integrity,” according to the state department.
- Pres. Biden has also approved a further $675 million in Ukraine military support, according to Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin at a meeting earlier today. Austin told the Ukraine Contact Group, which is made up of various allies and Ukraine's defense minister, that the group “needs to position itself to sustain Ukraine’s brave defenders for the long haul.”
- The newest military package brings the total of U.S. aid to Ukraine to $13.5 billion since Russia's invasion in February.
Blinken, in Kyiv, unveils $2B in US military aid for Europe (The Associated Press)
For more about the war: Russia turns to North Korea for help (SmartHer News)
by Jenna Lee,