Biden approves largest military aid package for Ukraine so far

24 August, 03:44 PM
US President Joe Biden (Photo:REUTERS/Evelyn Hockstein)

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

US President Joe Biden decided to provide Ukraine with the largest package of military aid worth almost three billion dollars, White House press service reported on Aug. 24.

In his address, Biden congratulated Ukrainians on Independence Day.

“Over the past six months, Ukrainians have inspired the world with their extraordinary courage and dedication to freedom,” Biden said.

“They have stood resolute and strong in the face of Russia’s full scale invasion of Ukraine. And today is not only a celebration of the past, but a resounding affirmation that Ukraine proudly remains – and will remain – a sovereign and independent nation.”

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Biden said that the United States is committed to supporting the people of Ukraine.

"As part of that commitment, I am proud to announce our biggest tranche of security assistance to date: approximately $2.98 billion of weapons and equipment to be provided through the Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative,” the US president said.

The aid will allow Ukraine to purchase air defense systems, artillery systems and ammunition, anti-missile unmanned aerial systems and radars.

"Today and every day, we stand with the Ukrainian people to proclaim that the darkness that drives autocracy is no match for the flame of liberty that lights the souls of free people everywhere,” Biden added.

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