President Biden introduced a $325 million safety help package for Ukraine after meeting with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on Thursday.
Zelenskyy visited Washington, D.C., for the second time for the reason that February 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine.
Capping his go to, which included conferences and discussions with lawmakers and Pentagon officers, Zelenskyy met with Biden on the White House earlier than the $325 million plan was unveiled.
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According to the U.S. Department of Defense, the package contains antitank weapons, air protection gear, artillery rounds and different gear to assist meet Ukraine’s wants on the battlefield in opposition to Russia.
“We’re committed to help Ukraine build a force capable of ensuring Ukraine’s long-term security, capable of deterring future threats against sovereignty, territorial integrity and freedom, which are underway now,” Biden mentioned. “Because that’s what this is all about — the future, the future of freedom. America can never, will never walk away from that.”
Before heading into the closed-door meeting with Biden, Zelenskyy mentioned he was there to “strengthen Ukraine’s position to defend our children, our families, our homes, freedom and democracy in the world.”
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“It’s good that our countries are really, truly allies,” he mentioned.
Zelenskyy additionally met with Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III, who additionally reaffirmed the nation’s “unwavering support” for Ukraine.
During the meeting, Austin reportedly offered the Ukrainian president with an replace on U.S. safety help so as to assist them meet pressing wants on the battlefield.
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“The secretary gave his personal commitment to work with our allies and partners to ensure they have what they need,” Pentagon Press Secretary Air Force Brig. Gen. Pat Ryder mentioned.
The package marked the forty seventh time the Defense Department pulled gear for Ukraine since August 2021.
Last week, the White House confirmed the Biden administration had spent greater than $100 billion on the struggle in Ukraine, via paperwork obtained by Fox News Digital.
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The data got here as a response from the White House’s Office of Management and Budget to Sen. JD Vance, R-Ohio and greater than 30 Senate Republicans who demanded in January a “full crosscutting” report on safety help offered to Ukraine.
Fox News Digital obtained the OMB letter and spreadsheet responding to Vance greater than 7 months later.
Earlier this yr, the Pentagon requested an extra $6 billion due to an accounting error on the Department of Defense. Vance and Sen. Josh Hawley launched laws quickly after to stop such errors from being repeated.
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In addition to the greater than $100 billion already spent in Ukraine, the White House final month requested Congress to authorize an extra $24 billion.
Biden’s request includes $13 billion for protection and $11 billion for financial and humanitarian aid in Ukraine.
Fox News Digital’s Brooke Singman contributed to this report.