US releases $40 billion for Ukraine

The American Congress released this Thursday, May 19, 2022 a gigantic envelope of 40 billion dollars for Ukraine, an illustration of the unwavering support promised by Joe Biden in Kiev.

Aid measures for Ukraine are more than just charityestimated the leader of the Republicans in the Senate, Mitch McConnell, a few hours before the upper house of Congress approved this funding by a very large majority. US security and strategic interests will be shaped by the outcome of this conflict..

“Continuity of Institutions”

Within this large aid package: 6 billion dollars which should allow Ukraine to equip itself with armored vehicles and strengthen its anti-aircraft defense at a time when fighting is raging in the east and the south of the country.

Nearly 9 billion dollars are also planned to ensure, among other things, the continuity of Ukrainian democratic institutionsas well as a broad humanitarian component.

In mid-March, Congress had already released nearly 14 billion dollars for the Ukrainian crisis.

But US President Joe Biden has been calling for a huge budget extension for several weeks to support Ukraine in the new phase of the conflict.

Joe Biden regularly expresses his desire to lead the great fight of democracies against authoritarian regimes. However, according to the American president, the resources provided by the United States to help Ukraine were about to dry up.

The bill, already validated by the elected members of the House last week, only has to be ratified by President Biden.

“Pay” or “pay it”

A rarity in a Congress so accustomed to political wrangling: these measures enjoyed very broad cross-partisan support.

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When it’s about Poutinewe choose either to pay now, or to pay it latersaid Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, who at the start of the conflict had called for the assassination of the Russian president.

After being confined to weapons seen as defensive, Washington is now sending artillery, helicopters and drones to the Ukrainian army, whose soldiers are trained in the use of these weapons in the United States or in third countries before returning to the front. .

Some 9 billion dollars of the funds that Congress has approved must also allow the Americans to replenish their own armament stocks.

A traditional ally of American presidents in foreign policy, the Senate also confirmed Bridget Brink, a career diplomat, as the country’s new ambassador to Ukraine on Wednesday evening. The United States had not had an ambassador in Kyiv since 2019.

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