‘Long and Difficult Battle’: Biden Authorizes $800M in New Security Assistance to Ukraine
President Biden authorized $800 million in new security assistance to Ukraine Wednesday, bringing the U.S. total to $1 billion in aid amid the war with Russia.
This includes transfers of equipment from the Department of Defense to the Ukrainian military, Biden said, adding that the package includes 800 anti-aircraft systems and 9,000 anti-armor systems.
“This could be a long and difficult battle, but the American people will be steadfast in our support for the people in Ukraine in the face of Putin’s immoral, unethical attacks on civilian populations,” Biden said.
Biden refused to take questions from the press.
Biden again refuses reporters’ questions: “I’m not going to comment on anything” pic.twitter.com/D11qxryudu— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) March 16, 2022
The move came hours after Ukrainian President Zelensky addressed Congress, calling for a no-fly zone, more sanctions, and other pleas for help from the United States.
Pres. Biden: “At the request of Pres. Zelenskyy, we have identified and are helping Ukraine acquire additional longer-range anti-aircraft systems, and the munitions for those systems.” https://t.co/SFaVioYGol pic.twitter.com/8h2blbXd2J— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) March 16, 2022