The Biden regime has announced plans to send another $600 million to the country of Ukraine to aid in its counteroffensive against Russia. This just one week after sending $2.9 billion for the same reason. The White House said this is the 21st time an aid package of money and/or supplies has been pledged to the Ukrainian war effort.
“With admirable grit and determination, the people of Ukraine are defending their homeland and fighting for their future,” said Secretary of State Antony Blinken in a statement.
“The capabilities we are delivering are carefully calibrated to make the most difference on the battlefield and strengthen Ukraine’s hand at the negotiating table when the time is right.”
He tweeted, ‘I have directed another $600 million drawdown to expedite our 21st shipment of arms and equipment from @DeptofDefense inventories to Ukraine, as its defenders push back Russian invasion forces. The United States stands #UnitedWithUkraine.’
I have directed another $600 million drawdown to expedite our 21st shipment of arms and equipment from @DeptofDefense inventories to Ukraine, as its defenders push back Russian invasion forces. The United States stands #UnitedWithUkraine.
— Secretary Antony Blinken (@SecBlinken) September 16, 2022
The bulk of the recent $2.9 billion aid package is for Ukraine and 18 of its neighbors, including NATO members whom the administration believes may face future threats from Russia, and is geared toward long-term military financing along with an immediate $675 million weapons package.
U.S. officials cautioned not to declare victory just yet as Russia maintains a large force presence in the country, but they boast that precision weapons provided to aid in the counteroffensive – including the High-Mobility Artillery Rocket System, or HIMARS, and the High-speed Anti-Radiation Missile, or HARM – have been integral in Ukraine’s success so far.
Added to the need for caution is the belief that Russian Vladimir Putin is capable of anything considering how invested he is and how desperate he could become.
That being said, while the U.S. and its allies were previously wary of provoking Putin in the early days of the Ukrainian invasion, they now intimate the Russian leader’s bluff has been called.
“Over time, the administration has recognized that they can provide larger, more capable, longer-distance, heavier weapons to the Ukrainians and the Russians have not reacted,” U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine William Taylor argued in early September.
“The Russians have kind of bluffed and blustered, but they haven’t been provoked. And there was concern [over this] in the administration early on–there still is to some degree–but the fear of provoking the Russians has gone down,” he said.
Still, the amount of U.S. aid given to Ukraine is not something that can be easily dismissed as petty cash.
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