Biden pledges $3B weapons package to Ukraine to mark Kyiv’s independence day

Wednesday - 24/08/2022 09:12 Author: Editors Desk Source: The Hill:
The package represents the single largest tranche of U.S. assistance to Ukraine since the start of the Russian war in February.
AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File
AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File

President Biden marked Ukraine’s Independence Day on Wednesday by announcing a nearly $3 billion security assistance package to bolster Kyiv as it battles the Russian invasion.   

The White House announcement came as Ukraine braced for stepped-up attacks from the Russians on Kyiv’s Independence Day, which also coincided with the six-month mark of the start of Moscow’s military campaign.  

“Over the past six months, Ukrainians have inspired the world with their extraordinary courage and dedication to freedom,” Biden said in a statement Wednesday morning announcing the $2.98 billion package of weapons and equipment for Ukraine.  

“They have stood resolute and strong in the face of Russia’s full scale invasion of Ukraine. And today is not only a celebration of the past, but a resounding affirmation that Ukraine proudly remains – and will remain – a sovereign and independent nation,” Biden continued. “The United States of America is committed to supporting the people of Ukraine as they continue the fight to defend their sovereignty.”

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