US President Joe Biden announced Thursday a new military aid package for Ukraine worth hundreds of millions of dollars as the Eastern European country fights to recapture territory from invading Russian forces.
Welcoming Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy to the White House, Biden said it’s “critical” to support Ukraine’s freedom as the 19-month war rages on.
“With the days beginning to turn colder, Russia once more looks to use winter as a weapon against people in Ukraine,” Biden said. “As I discussed with President Zelenskyy, the people Ukraine are steeled for this struggle ahead. And the United States is going to continue to stand with you.”
Today, I approved the next tranche of US security assistance to Ukraine including more artillery, more ammunition, more anti-tank weapons and next week, the first US Abrams tanks will be delivered in Ukraine,” Biden continued. “We also focused focused on strengthening Ukrainian air defense capabilities to protect the critical infrastructure provides heat and light during the coldest and darkest days of the year.”
The announcement coincided with Zelenskyy’s whirlwind, one-day visit to Washington, D.C., where also met with privately with both Democratic and Republican lawmakers on Capitol Hill and visited the Pentagon to speak with military leaders.