The government of Ukraine will receive, among other things, $4.5 billion for its own needs and $3 billion worth of weapons. The project was supported by 75 senators, only 25 Republicans opposed it. The minority leader called the document a contribution to US security
The US Senate approved a bill on short-term government spending until mid-December, which provides for the provision of financial and military assistance to Ukraine for $12.3 billion, writes The New York Times.
72 senators voted for, against— 25, and all who voted against were Republicans. After approval in the Senate, the bill is sent to the House of Representatives for consideration.
The approved aid package for Ukraine includes, inter alia, $4.5 billion for the country's government fund, $3 billion for weapons, equipment and other military support, $2.8 billion for the Pentagon, which will allow President Joe Biden to transfer up to $3.7 billion
Republican Minority Leader Mitch McConnell emphasized that the allocation of funds to help Ukraine is not “some nice symbolic gesture”, but an investment in US national security and the security of allies.
The United States began to support Ukraine before the outbreak of hostilities and stepped up support after Russia launched a special operation. Biden, with the approval of Congress, signed two documents on the supply of weapons to Ukraine— Ukraine Supplemental Appropriations Act and Additional Ukraine Supplemental Appropriations Act. The first provides assistance for a total of $13.6 billion, the second— $40 billion
During several months of the conflict, by the end of June, the United States became the largest donor of humanitarian and military aid to Ukraine. By that time, Kyiv received from Washington humanitarian support for $9.4 billion, financial support for $9.5 billion, military support— $25.5 billion, calculated RBC. By mid-September, the Pentagon reported on the transfer of 140 artillery systems and 660 thousand shells and missiles to Ukraine by mid-September.
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Russian authorities criticize Western military support for Ukraine, President Vladimir Putin said that Moscow would achieve its goals, and such actions only prolong the conflict. The Foreign Ministry believes that the United States has become “actually a party to the conflict”, accusing Washington of “losing touch with reality”.
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