The U.S. government declared that it would deliver another round of overseas assistance worth $270 million dollars to Ukraine on Friday to aid the war-torn country in defeating Russian Pres. Vladimir Putin.
This past Friday, the DOD announced that since the start of Biden’s administration, Ukraine had received more than $8.2 billion in assistance from the United States government, including over $7.3 billion since Russia launched its invasion in late February.
“Today, the DOD announced an additional $270 million in security help for Ukraine,” according to a news release from the department. “This also includes President Joe Biden’s announcement of a Presidential pull back of security assistance that is valued at $175 million, as well as $95 million in USAID funds.”
The press release went on to say that the “sixteenth drawdown of equipment from the DoD for Ukraine authorized by the Biden Administration since Aug. 2021” is taking place.
Ukraine will get four more high mobility artillery rocket systems plus more ammo for HIMARS, 36,000 rounds of 105mm, more anti-armor weapons, 4 command post vehicles, spare parts, and other equipment. A total of 80 unmanned aerial systems will also be supplied.
AID round four has arrived just ten days after the U.S. and the World Bank announced they would dispatch $1.7 billion to Ukraine’s government to help healthcare providers in the war-ravaged country.
On July 12, according to the Associated Press, the USAID announced that aid would be sent to Ukraine “to help stop Vladimir Putin’s ‘terrible war of aggression.’”
The US Agency for International Development (USAID) has already given $4 billion in financial assistance to Ukraine.
US administrator for international development, Samantha Power, said the government is scrambling to provide aid after “Russia’s assault on Ukraine’s public services” has continued. The U.S. is rushing in with financial assistance to assist the government in keeping the lights on, offering basic services to innocent people, and paying health care workers who are giving lifesaving support on the frontlines, she added.
Biden, on the other hand, has stated that the United States will keep supporting Ukraine through a variety of methods indefinitely in order to overcome Russia.
“We’ll be there for Ukraine as long as it takes,” Biden said in late June when asked about the US’s commitment to Ukraine.