President Joe Biden surprised Ukraine with his presence on America’s President’s Day, giving away another $500M.
Biden Gives Ukraine More Money
As a surprise to the world, Joe Biden visited an active war zone in Ukraine, and announced he would provide nearly $500 million in additional security assistance and military aid to the country amid its ongoing war with Russia.
The President visited Kyiv on America’s President’s Day, where he met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
The two leaders shared a hug and seemed happy to see each other.
President Biden pledged to provide Ukraine with artillery ammunition, anti-armor systems, and air surveillance radars.
According to Fox News, the U.S. leads all countries with $196 billion in total military, financial, and humanitarian aid to Ukraine between Jan. 24, 2022, through Nov. 20, 2022.
Germany has sent the second-most funds, with $172 billion in that span.
“Together, we’ve committed nearly 700 tanks and thousands of armored vehicles. One thousand artillery systems, more than 2 million rounds of artillery ammunition, more than 50 advanced launch rocket systems, anti-ship and air defense systems, all to defend Ukraine,” Biden said, as quoted by The Hill.
“And that doesn’t count the other half a billion dollars we’re announcing with you today and tomorrow that’s going to be coming your way.”
According to the IBT Times:
The Department of State valued the package at $450 million plus another $10 million in emergency aid for Ukraine’s energy infrastructure, which has been targeted by Russian attacks. Specifically, the package will include:
- Ammunition for HIMARS
- 155mm artillery rounds
- 120mm mortar rounds
- Four air surveillance radars
- Javelin anti-armor systems
- 2,000 anti-armor rockets
- Bradley Infantry Fire Support Team vehicles
- Tactical vehicles
- Claymore anti-personnel munitions
- Demolition munitions
- Night vision devices
- Tactical secure communications systems
- Medical supplies
- Spare parts and other field equipment.
Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said his country is pledging another $5.5 billion in assistance because of “strong concern that Ukraine may be tomorrow’s East Asia.”
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