US military aid: more than $1 billion for Ukraine

At a joint press conference with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba, U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken announced that the U.S. government will provide $1 billion in new aid to Ukraine.

Blinken also stated for the first time that the U.S. will fund support for Ukrainian military veterans from “seized assets of sanctioned Russian oligarchs” and that those who “enabled Putin’s war of aggression should pay for it.” According to The Kyiv Independent, the U.S. has approved the transfer of the seized Russian assets to Ukraine in May 2023.

Weapons package of $175 million approved

According to Blinken, the military assistance also includes a new package of $665.5 million in military and civilian security assistance. One hundred million dollars is earmarked for “foreign military financing to support Ukraine’s longer-term military needs,” and another $300 million is earmarked to support Ukrainian law enforcement in liberated areas of the country. Blinken further indicated that the U.S. will also provide $206 million for humanitarian assistance, “”much of it for the more than six million Ukrainians displaced by the Russian war.” He also mentioned that the aid includes the $175 million weapons package announced by the Defense Department on September 6.

Image: U.S. Secretary of Defense, 221206-D-TT977-0131 (52547991638), CC BY 2.0, via. Wikimedia Commons (image size modified)

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