Biden asks Congress for $33 billion in aid to Ukraine

28 April, 08:36 PM
US President Joe Biden (Photo:REUTERS/Evelyn Hockstein)

US President Joe Biden (Photo:REUTERS/Evelyn Hockstein)

U.S. President Joe Biden at an April 28 press briefing said he has asked Congress to pass a $33 billion supplemental funding bill aimed at supporting Ukraine amid Russia's invasion of the country.

According to the Washington Post, the White House request includes:

• $20 billion in military aid to Ukraine;

• $8.5 billion in economic assistance;

• $3 billion in humanitarian assistance;

• other funds.

The sum is half of Russia’s $66 billion defense budget for 2020, and more than five times Ukraine’s 2020 defense budget of $6 billion.

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CNN also reported that funding will also be used to counter Russian disinformation and propaganda narratives, and support independent media.

"The cost of this fight is not cheap, but caving to aggression is going to be more costly if we allow it to happen," Biden said.

"We either back the Ukrainian people as they defend their country, or we stand by as the Russians continue their atrocities in Ukraine."

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