Zelenskyy thanks Biden for latest $12.4 billion military aid package for Ukraine
Volodymyr Zelenskyi and Joe Biden during a meeting in Washington on September 1, 2021 (Photo:REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst)
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy thanked his U.S. counterpart Joe Biden for signing off on a new bill authorizing $12.35 billion in additional aid for Ukraine, saying the military assistance comes at a crucial time for the country.
President Zelenskyy said the bill would allow the financing of planned defense projects as well as providing substantial support for Ukraine’s budget.
“We appreciate the American people's strong display of solidarity with Ukraine,” Zelenskyy said in a post on the social medium Twitter.
“The United States has provided Ukraine with co-chamber and bipartisan support ... This assistance is more crucial now than ever before. We must continue to work together to fight Russian aggression!”
Biden signed a bill on Sept. 30 on financing for the U.S. federal government through mid-December that also provides over $12.4 billion in aid to Ukraine.
The funds will be used to train, equip, and support the Ukrainian military, as well as to assist the Ukrainian government in meeting its people’s basic needs. It will also be used to replenish the Ukrainian military’s stocks of U.S. weapons and ammunition.
The Pentagon unveiled a new $1.1 billion military aid package for Ukraine on Sept. 28. This latest package included 18 HIMARS MLRS, although the U.S. Department of Defense later clarified that the manufacturer and delivery of these systems could take several years.
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