The White House is asking Congress to supply Ukraine with $10 billion in foreign aid as Russian forces advance towards Kyiv.
The Biden administration is requesting the finances to help support Ukrainian fighters with limited military equipment as well as resources like food, fuel, and medical supplies.
“As part of the agreement lawmakers are working to finalize ahead of the March 11th deadline, we’re also urging Congress to include supplemental funding for two urgent and immediate needs: supporting Ukraine, and continuing our ongoing COVID response efforts,” Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Acting Director Shalanda Young said Thursday.
“The United States has provided over $1.4 billion in assistance to Ukraine since 2021, and, together with our European allies and partners, we are holding Russia accountable for its unjustified and unprovoked invasion,” Young added. “To continue this important work and further support the Ukrainian people, we are requesting $10 billion to deliver additional humanitarian, security, and economic assistance in Ukraine and the neighboring region in the coming days and weeks.”
The request comes as Vladimir Putin’s forces ratchet-up pressure on major cities across Ukraine.
“I’m very concerned,” Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., said Wednesday. “It’s time for us to… get this done. I cannot imagine at this moment of history, with Ukrainians facing what they’re facing and our allies so anxious to make sure that we’re on board, that we are delaying this any longer. We’ve got to move on this and the sooner the better.”
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