On Wednesday, Joe Biden, the US President, plans to announce 800M dollars in new security aid to Ukraine, according to the White House official, bringing the sum to 1.01 billion dollars in just the recent week.
President Biden is expected to proclaim $800M in latest funding for the besieged Ukraine, which will be additional to the 200M dollars declared on March 12. The new aid will make the total funding to Ukraine more than one billion dollars in just the last week, bringing the entire American military support to Ukrainians approximately 1.2B dollars within the past year.
The 1.01B dollars is likely to contain within more of the same sort of military hardware America says Kyiv needs the most: anti-air and anti-armor systems, including man-portable air-defense systems (MANPADS) like Stingers and Javelins. The funding will come from about 13.6B dollars announced for Ukrainians in the $1.5T omnibus spending package.
However, the aid will stop short of the air exclusion zone, or fighter planes that Volodymyr Zelensky, the President of Ukraine, has stated are essential to sustain Ukraine’s combat against the Russian military.
According to the NYT reports, the list isn’t meant to be a replacement for Kyiv’s requests for MiG jets from the Polish government. However, Washington has refused this effort amid concerns that it could intensify tensions between Russia and NATO.
Us Considering Armed Drones Delivery to Kyiv
While the White House is considering positioning more military personnel to the West to add to the approximately 15K troops deployed there since the Ukraine-Russia conflict started, the US President is not likely to deploy more forces now, according to American officials.
The update of the additional support comes as the White House continues to experience severe pressure from Zelenskyy and the Congressional members to explore ways to support Ukrainians. The Ukrainian leader, who refused the US offer to vacate and said “he needs ammunition, not a ride,” will address members of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives remotely at 9 AM on March 16, where he’s likely to repeat his calls for further support. The U.S. leader will give his own remarks later on March 16.
Provided that the Ukrainian President is probably to be specific in his demands, authorities say to also anticipate Joe Biden to be specific about what support the latest 800M dollars will proceed to Ukraine, including possibly the armed drones that Kyiv has called for. In a sign of the swiftness with which American authorities are looking to move the assistance, the government has delivered nearly 300M dollars of the 350M dollars recently approved for Ukrainians in about half a month.