US House passes Ukraine Defense Lend-Lease Act amid Russia's invasion

29 April, 12:49 PM
The bill was previously unanimously supported by the US Senate (Photo:Sarah Silbiger/Pool via REUTERS)

The bill was previously unanimously supported by the US Senate (Photo:Sarah Silbiger/Pool via REUTERS)

The U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed a bill to speed up the exports of military equipment to Ukraine amid Russia's full-scale invasion, the House's press service tweeted on April 28.

The bill, called the Ukraine Democracy Defense Lend-Lease Act, was backed by a vote of 417-10. It is now to be signed by U.S. President Joe Biden.

The head of the President's Office, Andriy Yermak, said on his Telegram messenger that the text of the document refers to granting the U.S. president extended powers to transfer or lease defense equipment to Ukraine.

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He stressed that the White House head must establish expedited procedures within 60 days of the bill’s passing.

"The Lend-Lease Act provides an opportunity to significantly speed up the supply of weapons, transport, food and aid from the United States," Yermak said.

"All this will allow us to oust the Russian army from our territories."

Earlier on April 7, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed a bill that would revive the lend-lease program to speed up the supply of weapons to Ukraine.

The lend-lease policy was a program under which the United States under a simplified procedure provided its allies with arms, food, oil, and other necessities to fight Nazi Germany.

The Lend-Lease Act was passed in March 1941, and lasted until the end of World War II (until September 1945). The United States provided such assistance to Britain and the British Commonwealth, later to Free France (French Resistance), China, the Soviet Union, and other allies.

The assistance included warships, aircraft and other weapons.

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