New billions for Ukraine: Biden urges Congress to help quickly

Status: 05/10/2022 08:36

Billions of dollars and weapons: The United States has supported Ukraine quickly and effectively since the start of the war. But now aid is threatening to wane and President Biden is asking Congress to hurry. In addition, a 1941 law has been reactivated.

US President Joe Biden has asked Congress to quickly approve the billion-euro package he has requested to support Ukraine in Russia’s war of aggression. “I have almost exhausted the funds made available to me by a bipartisan majority in Congress to support Ukrainian fighters,” Biden said.

This could be the case in about ten days, warned the American president: “We cannot allow our aid deliveries to be stopped while waiting for further action from Congress. Biden has asked Congress for an additional $33 billion. Most of this sum – over $20 billion – is to be used for military aid.

US President Biden signs legislation to speed up arms deliveries to Ukraine

Mathea Schülke, WDR, Morgenmagazin, May 10, 2022

The United States is arming Ukraine on a large scale to support the country against Russia. Since the start of the war in late February, the United States said the former Soviet republic had received arms and ammunition worth more than US$3.7 billion (about US$3.5 billion). euros). Some of them have already been delivered to Ukraine.

New law on arms deliveries

To ensure that aid can continue to be used quickly and effectively, Biden signed legislation that makes it easier to deliver armaments to Ukraine and other Eastern European countries. He spoke of an “important instrument to support the Ukrainian government and the Ukrainian people in their struggle to defend their country and their democracy”.

The new law allows the US president to loan or lease military equipment to Ukraine and other Eastern European countries affected by the war of Russian aggression until 2023. The US Congress had passed a similar Lend-Lease Act in 1941 during World War II: this allowed America to quickly supply large quantities of armaments to the Allies fighting the National Socialists.

Selenskyj speaks of a “historic milestone”

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy welcomed the signing of the law and spoke of a “historic milestone”.

Ukraine is grateful, he tweeted. “I am sure that we will win again together. And we will defend democracy in Ukraine. And in Europe. Just like 77 years ago.”

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