(The Cost Of Succumbing To Aggression Will Be Greater) Biden Adds Another $33 Billion To Ukraine

 

On April 28, 2022, President Biden announced at the White House an additional $33 billion in aid for Ukraine





WASHINGTON — 

U.S. President Joe Biden on Thursday (April 28) asked Congress to provide Ukraine with an additional $33 billion in military and humanitarian aid to help Ukraine fend off a Russian invasion over the next five months.


The sprawling aid package includes $20.4 billion in additional military aid, $8.5 billion in direct economic aid, and $3 billion in humanitarian aid.


The package, which is now being debated in Congress, is more than double the amount of Ukraine's aid package passed by Congress last month.


A White House official said the funds would help Ukrainian troops and police get much-needed weapons and equipment while helping bolster NATO's deterrence against Russia.


In a letter to Congress, President Biden warned that if Putin is allowed to continue his aggression against Ukraine, the cost will be enormous.


"While we expect NATO and EU countries to contribute more than the US, there is no doubt that supporting Ukraine in fending off Russian aggression will necessitate substantial commitment from us," Biden stated.


"The cost of this struggle is tremendous, but the cost of surrendering to aggression is even higher," Biden said.


The Ukrainian crisis is now in its ninth week, with fighting in the east and south of the country stalemate. International pressure on Russia has intensified, and at the same time, Russia has punished its support for Ukraine by cutting off gas deliveries to Poland and Bulgaria, two NATO members.


U.S. military leaders say they have two strategic goals in assisting Ukraine in resisting Russia. One is to arm the Ukrainian army and help them drive out Russia’s military force completely, and the other is to weaken Russia’s power structure through attrition and sanctions on the Russian economy.


Biden also hopes to seize more money from Russian oligarchs to pay for the war.


According to the White House, President Biden's proposal would empower US officials to take additional oligarchic assets, send those sums over to Ukraine, and make sanctions evasion even more criminal. The Justice Department might utilize a tough US law against mafia racketeering, called the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, to pursue those who evade sanctions, according to the proposed procedures.

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