During a White House meeting with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, President Joe Biden announced a significant boost in military assistance to Ukraine. The United States will provide Ukraine with an additional $325 million in military aid, which encompasses air defense capabilities, cluster munitions, anti-tank weapons, and other essential equipment.
In his statement, President Biden expressed his approval for the next phase of U.S. security assistance to Ukraine, which includes more artillery, ammunition, anti-tank weapons, and the forthcoming delivery of the first U.S. Abrams tanks to Ukraine. He emphasized the focus on strengthening Ukraine’s air defense capabilities to safeguard critical infrastructure, particularly during harsh winter conditions.
The announcement coincided with President Zelenskyy’s visit to Washington, D.C., during which he sought increased support from lawmakers and administration officials. President Zelenskyy expressed gratitude to President Biden for this new aid package, emphasizing the unity between Americans and Ukrainians.
Before the meeting commenced in the Oval Office, both leaders addressed reporters. President Biden underscored the importance of aiding Ukraine in defending its territory against Russia, asserting that no nation would be secure if the U.S. did not support Ukraine. President Zelenskyy thanked President Biden and Congress for their candid and constructive dialogues during the meetings.
Amanda Sloat, National Security Council senior director for Europe, mentioned on MSNBC’s “Andrea Mitchell Reports” that this aid package focuses on Ukraine’s immediate need for air defense capabilities. She clarified that it would not include long-range ballistic missiles equipped with cluster munitions, though the possibility of providing them in the future remains open.
It is important to note that this aid package is distinct from the additional $24 billion that President Biden is seeking congressional approval for in support of Ukraine.