President of the U.S.A Joe Biden during a trip to Asia, he will sign a bill on the allocation of additional assistance to Ukraine in the amount of about $ 40 billion. This, according to Reuters, was reported on May 19 at the White House.
The House of Representatives of the US Congress approved this initiative last week, and the Senate – earlier on Thursday. The final vote in the Senate ended shortly after Biden left the White House and went on a foreign tour, during which he will visit South Korea and Japan.
As the CNN journalist clarifies on her Twitter Caitlen Collinsthe bill ‘must be delivered to him [в Азию] for signature because the Senate passed him after he left Washington.” According to Collins, the American leader intends to sign the document during his stay in South Korea, where he will arrive on Friday, and on Sunday he will leave for Japan.
Biden himself requested additional funding to allocate assistance to Ukraine earlier from Congress. Initially, he proposed to allocate another $ 33 billion to support Kyiv. Later, this amount increased in Congress to $ 40 billion. In particular, it was proposed to allocate even more funds for the provision of military equipment, as well as food. Thus, about $ 20 billion will go directly to military assistance, including for the training and supply of Ukrainian military personnel, as well as for the replenishment of American stocks of weapons. Pentagon press secretary John Kirby previously stated that the United States has the means to ensure the uninterrupted supply of weapons to Ukraine until May 19.
The document as a whole provides for the allocation of funds for military, economic and humanitarian assistance to Kyiv. In particular, $ 6 billion should go to provide weapons and security assistance, $ 8.7 billion – for economic assistance and financing the work of public services in Ukraine, $ 5 billion – for food aid to Ukraine and other countries of the world, $ 900 million designed to support Ukrainian refugees. In addition, $3.9 billion will be allocated to strengthen US troops in Europe.
President of Russia Vladimir Putin announced on February 24 a military operation in Ukraine in response to a request from the leaders of the Donbass republics for help. He stressed that Moscow’s plans do not include the occupation of Ukrainian territories, and the goals are the demilitarization and denazification of the country. The United States and its allies responded by imposing large-scale sanctions against the Russian Federation and began supplying arms to Kyiv.