U.S. President Joe Biden has authorized new security assistance to Ukraine, which is worth $200 million, according to a White House Official. This brings the country’s total defense aid to Ukraine to $1.2 billion in the last year.
The president’s authorization comes following a public disagreement with Poland regarding sending fighter jets to the former Soviet country. The U.S. has been bringing weapons to Ukraine but recoiled at providing MiG, insisting that Russia would view this move as escalatory.
Nevertheless, on Saturday, Moscow warned that it sees any arms deliveries into Ukraine as “legitimate targets.”
BREAKING: President Biden authorized $200 million in new military aid for Ukraine…
14 Billion last week wasn’t enough.
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According to Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov, Russia “warned the U.S. that pumping weapons from a number of countries it orchestrates isn’t just a dangerous move, it’s an action that makes those convoys legitimate targets.”
This week, Congress passed $13.6 billion in additional aid for Ukraine, which includes $6.5 billion for sending troops and weapons to the region and another $6.8 billion for humanitarian and economic aid. The president intends to sign the said spending bill next week when it comes to his office.
Currently, the Russia-Ukraine war has entered its 17th day. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy revealed for the first time on Saturday that around 1,300 Ukrainian citizens have been killed by Russia. He also mentioned that on Friday, around 500-600 Russian troops have surrendered.
This week, Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said that weapons sent to the former Soviet nation from the U.S. and other countries are being “used with great effect.”
He also stated that, as per a defense assessment, “adding aircraft to the Ukrainian inventory is not likely to significantly change the effectiveness of the Ukrainian air force relative to Russian capabilities.”
“Therefore, we believe that the gain from transferring those MiG 29s is low,” Kirby concluded.