On a Monday surprise visit to Ukraine, President Biden declared that the United States would boost its security support to the nation despite its ongoing conflict with Russia by roughly $500 million.
Additional rocket system ammunition, mortar and artillery shells, radar gear, anti-armor weapons, two tactical vehicles for equipment recovery, four Bradley fighting vehicles, Claymore anti-personnel mines, demolition munitions, night vision equipment, communications equipment, medical supplies, spare parts, and other field equipment are all included in the package.
The cargo, which the Department of Defense estimates to be worth up to $460 million, will be the 32nd drawdown of equipment from DOD inventory for Ukraine under the Biden administration.
Before to his departure, the US informed Russia about Biden’s visit to Ukraine’s “House.”
On February 20, 2023, US President Joe Biden (L) and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy (R) stroll together at St. Michael’s Golden-Domed Church.
On February 20, 2023, US President Joe Biden (L) and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy (R) stroll together at St. Michael’s Golden-Domed Church. (Photo by EVAN VUCCI/POOL/AFP via Getty Images) )
It was widely criticized that Biden made his unexpected trip to Ukraine before going to East Palestine, Ohio, which had recently been the scene of a terrible train catastrophe that had completely changed the lives of the Ohioans who lived there.
This criticism is in addition to the criticism he has already received for giving Ukraine a “blank check,” arguing that there was no system in place to ensure that the equipment and funds were being used appropriately, and charging the administration with provoking war between the United States and Russia.
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On February 20, 2023, in Kyiv, US President Joseph Biden speaks with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky during a surprise visit.
On February 20, 2023, in Kyiv, US President Joseph Biden speaks with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky during a surprise visit. (Photo by EVAN VUCCI/POOL/AFP via Getty Images) )
After hearing of Biden’s travel, Republican Florida Governor Ron DeSantis labeled the administration’s funding of Ukraine “unacceptable” and stated that he disagreed with the strategy because “no clear, strategic aim articulated” was stated. He continued by saying that “getting into a proxy war with China, getting involved over things like the borders or over Crimea” was not in the interests of the United States.
On February 24 of last year, Russia began its invasion of Ukraine, but after initially failing to take Kiev, it shifted its operations to the Donbas region as well as the Zaporizhzhia and Kherson districts.
On April 6, 2022, in Bucha, Ukraine, a guy wheels his bicycle past trash and wrecked Russian military vehicles.
On April 6, 2022, in Bucha, Ukraine, a guy wheels his bicycle past trash and wrecked Russian military vehicles. (Getty Images/Chris McGrath)
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On Friday, the invasion will have been a year since it began, during which thousands of people on both sides have died.
The U.S. reportedly leads all other nations in providing Ukraine with $196 billion in total military, financial, and humanitarian aid between January 24, 2022, and November 20, 2022, according to the Ukrainian government. Germany has sent the second-most money throughout that time, totaling $172 billion.